Theology or Ideology? Parsing Vatican Thinking on Sex and Sexuality

Pope Francis’s theology of sex and gender complementarity has hardened into an ideology that uses a single strand strand of reflection about God to powerfully determine Catholic sacrament, canon law, and ethics.   Read More

Overcoming Welcome-ish: A Challenge

How welcoming are welcoming parishes really? Read More

Vatican Clarifies Pope Francis’ Remark About Psychiatry

A small brouhaha erupted this week after Pope Francis' advice to parents of lesbian and gay children were interpreted by some to indicate that the pontiff was recommending psychiatric help to prevent a child from becoming lesbian or gay. Read More

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

On Flight Back to Rome, Pope Francis Offers Advice to Parents of Lesbian and Gay People

On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children. Read More

Pope Francis Closes World Meeting of Families While Being Attacked by Former Papal Nuncio

The World Meeting of Families 2018 concluded yesterday with a papal Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and the atmosphere was decidedly somber and depressing.  The morning's rain showers didn't help, but the rain clouds were not the problem. The problem was the darker clouds of clergy and religious abuse of children which has covered Ireland for far too long now. And if Pope Francis' slow response to the abuse was not enough to keep people away, on the eve of the papal Mass news hit that the former papal nuncio to the United States was attacking the pontiff's record. Read More

New Ways Ministry Responds to Archbishop Vigano’s Accusations Against Gay Clergy and Pope Francis

While I am in no position to comment on the veracity of Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s recent claims about what Pope Francis and other church officials knew about various cases of clergy sexual abuse, after reading his statement, his emphasis that all of the Catholic Church’s current problems on supposed “homosexual networks” within the Church and also with Pope Francis reads like classic scapegoating.  Read More

Ireland’s Leaders Greet Pope Francis With Confident Pro-LGBT References

Pope Francis arrived in Dublin on Saturday, and almost immediately LGBT issues were raised as part of the discussion. Read More

The Catholic Hierarchy’s Evolution on LGBT Topics

"Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?" That's the intriguing headline on a recent New York Times  op-ed, penned by John Gehring, Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life. Read More

On Eve of Dublin Pride, McAleese Calls Church Teaching on Gay People ‘Evil’

(New Ways Ministry’s response to this news is embedded in this post.  To read the... Read More