New Books from Pope Francis, Benedict XVI Highlight Contrast on Homosexuality

Statements about gay people appear in two new books, one by Pope Francis and one by Benedict XVI, the deceased pope emeritus, predictably falling along the positive and negative approaches expected of each prelate. Read More

Pope Francis Denounces Criminalization Laws, Saying “Being Homosexual Is Not a Crime”

Pope Francis has denounced laws that criminalize LGBTQ+ people, saying "being homosexual is not a crime" and that bishops needed to undergo "a process of conversion" to be more affirming. Read More

New Ways Ministry Rejoices at Pope Francis Condemning Anti-LGBTQ+ Criminalization

New Ways Ministry rejoices because of Pope Francis’ declaration that homosexuality should not be criminalized, a statement which millions of Catholics have long called for from church leaders. Read More

German Diocese Issues Remarkably LGBTQ-Positive Guidelines for Sex Education

A German diocese has released new guidelines on sex education that are remarkably LGBTQ-positive, including an appreciation of diverse sexual identities and an opening blessing same-gender couples. Read More

Hundreds of Catholic Parents Write to French Bishops Asking for LGBTQ+ Dialogue

In France, an organization of Catholic parents with LGBTQ+ children has opened a dialogue with the French bishops conference (CEF), asking for greater acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Read More

Canadian Publisher Cancels Catholic Textbook Series Accused of Anti-LGBTQ+ Content

A Canadian publisher is discontinuing a Catholic textbook series after the books were accused of containing homophobic and transphobic content. Read More

New Books Explore Past, Present, and Future of Catholic LGBTQ+ Ministry

Catholic publishers have released three new books that focus on or include LGBTQ+ issues, highlighting the faithful's demand for more resources on building an inclusive church and equal society. Read More

The Canon of Queer Catholic Saints Requires Some Invention, Writes Theologian

In a recent National Catholic Reporter essay, Flora X. Tang, a doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame, shared a beautiful reflection on what she describes as the “unofficial canon of queer Catholic saints.” Read More

Abigail Favale’s “The Genesis of Gender” Forgoes Transgender Realities, Writes Reviewer

A new book on Christian ideas about gender fails to do justice to the realities of many transgender and gender nonconforming Catholics, according to a trans book reviewer. Read More

New Article Highlights Tensions in LGBTQ+ Pastoral Ministry at Catholic Colleges

A recent piece in the National Catholic Reporter suggests that both Catholic and Protestant colleges are often serving as this liminal space where queer students experience acceptance, as well as the contradiction of anti-LGBTQ+ theological underpinnings. Read More