Pope Francis’ Meeting with Fr. James Martin Rebukes Culture War Bishops, Raises Questions on Inclusion

The private audience between Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin, SJ, reverberated through all sides of the LGBTQ equality debate in the Catholic Church. But beyond a papal affirmation of the latter's LGBTQ ministry, what significance is there to the meeting? Today's post features two commentaries on this question. Read More

Quote to Note: Pope Francis on Sexuality and Social Justice

While meeting with Jesuits in Mozambique, the pope answered a question about how to avoid falling into clericalism, and he included this nugget of wisdom. Read More

Father James Martin, Advocate for LGBTQ Catholics, Received by Pope Francis at Vatican

Father James Martin, SJ, author of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, was received this morning by Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican. Read More

Pope Francis Phones Prominent Gay Theologian and Priest James Alison, Restores Him to Ministry

Pope Francis has called a leading gay theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry over his LGBTQ-affirming work, saying the pope gave the theologian "the power of the keys." Read More

Will New Cardinals Lead to LGBTQ Issues Being Downplayed in Church?

With Pope Francis' appointment of more cardinals from the Global South, are LGBTQ issues set to be downplayed in the church? Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis Says Fair Criticism Is “Always Well Received”

Responding to a journalist's question, Pope Francis said criticism of him is "always well received." What lessons might the pope's comments on criticism have for LGBTQ advocates and church reformers? Read More

LGBTQ-Positive Clerics Among Pope Francis’ List to Create New Cardinals

At least two bishops who previously made LGBTQ-positive comments have been named to the list of clergy that Pope Francis will create as cardinals next month. Read More

Interfaith Leaders Denounce Bishop’s Anti-Transgender Comments; LGBTQ Youth Group Criticizes Pope Francis; and More

Today's post features Catholic LGBTQ news updates, including an interfaith letter criticizing a transgender-negative bishop, an LGBTQ youth group's criticism of Pope Francis, and more. Read More

Pope Francis on LGBT People: “If we were convinced that they are children of God, things would change a lot.”

Pope Francis has again commented on homosexuality, again clarifying in a recent interview that he does not believe lesbian and gay youth need psychiatrists and saying he is a "conservative" who believes it is "an incongruity to speak of homosexual marriage." Read More

Did Pope Francis Read and Like a New Book on Homosexuality and the Vatican?

Did Pope Francis read Frédéric Martel's controversial new book on homosexuality and the Vatican? One news report says yes and that he rather liked it. Read More