Activists in Bahamas, South Africa, Poland, Elsewhere Laud Pope’s Civil Union Support

For many commentators, Pope Francis' recent comments reiterating his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples were not far enough. Less heard, but quite relevant, are voices who note that Francis simply speaking of LGBTQ people positively makes a tremendous impact in areas where LGBTQ people remain very much at risk. Read More

Theologians Contrast Approach to LGBTQ Rights Between Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops

Two Catholic theologians have asserted that Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-gender civil unions should be heeded by the U.S. Catholic bishops because their pastoral approach to the LGBTQ community compared to Pope Francis’ approach are worlds apart.  Read More

Elton John, “Two Popes” Actor, Global Activists, and More Respond to Pope’s Civil Union Support

Responses to Pope Francis' support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples have continued to be posted online through media interviews, social media posts, and statements. Read More

Top U.S. Bishops Issue Letter of Support for Legislation Targeting Transgender Athletes

Two committee chairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have stated their support for a federal anti-transgender bill that would cut off  Title IX funding from schools which permit transgender women to compete athletically with cisgender women. Read More

Catholic Bishops Object to Proposed Canadian Ban on Conversion Therapy

A Canadian legislative measure to ban conversion therapy nationwide has received sharp criticism from that country’s Catholic bishops. Read More

The Good News of Christ the King: Why Gay Catholics Should Celebrate Today’s Solemnity

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and the celebration feels a little pointed this year. Read More

Canadian Catholic School Board Sanctions Official for Anti-LGBTQ Comments

A Catholic school district in Canada has sanctioned an official who expressed homophobic comments opposing LGBTQ-supportive policies for students. In a related story, a candidate for another district's trustees has been criticized for his disparaging writings on LGBTQ identity and his endorsement of conversion therapy. Read More

Catholics Join in Praying for the Departed on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a time set aside to mourn the deaths and honor the lives of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people who died of violence. Read More

U.S. Bishops Signal Potential “Showdown” with Biden Over Equality Act, Other Issues

Meeting virtually this week, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that the nation's episcopal conference remains deeply conservative. In concluding remarks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) head took aim at President-elect Joe Biden in what one journalist has suggested might become a "showdown" between church leaders and the new administration, in part because of LGBTQ equality. Read More

Biden Attends Mass at Parish on New Ways Ministry’s LGBTQ-Friendly List

There is one more item to add to the list of President-elect Joe Biden's pro-equality record: his Mass attendance at an LGBTQ-friendly parish. Read More