Yayo Grassi, Gay Friend of Pope, Says Francis’ Support for Civil Unions A “Seismic Movement”

Yayo Grassi, a gay friend of Pope Francis, said he was "not surprised at all" by news that the pope had reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples, calling it a "seismic movement" in the church. Read More

Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis' recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials' attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything? Read More

What Comes Next After Pope Francis’ Reiterated Support for Civil Unions?

Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis' support have in what comes next? Read More

The Pope Supports LGBTQ Families. Amy Coney Barrett May Not. Now What?

Next Wednesday, right after Election Day in the U.S., the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case centers on the question of whether adoption and foster care providers with religious affiliations can discriminate legally against LGBTQ clients. The implications of an anti-equality ruling could be much broader. Read More

LGBTQ Catholics’ Reactions to Pope Francis’ Support for Civil Unions Are Mixed Bag

Today's post highlights the voices of LGBTQ Catholics, who have had mixed reactions to the pope's words, with almost everyone agreeing that Francis needs to go further. Excerpts are provided here, but you can use the links to read further. Read More

Controversies Swirl Around Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, But Is There Really Much There?

Since news broke that a new documentary showed Pope Francis reiterating his support for same-gender civil unions, in this instance for the first time as pope, there have been controversies about what he actually meant and the film itself. Read More

Archbishop Says Pope’s Civil Union Support a “Reality Check”; Mary McAleese Seeks Doctrinal Change

A top Irish prelate has suggested that Pope Francis' recent comments on civil unions for same-gender couples should be a "reality check" for the church, while Ireland's former president has pushed the pope to reform church teachings about homosexuality. Read More

Fr. James Alison: Support for Civil Unions Reveals Deeper Truth About Pope Francis

Theologian and openly gay priest Fr. James Alison wrote a commentary on Pope Francis' support for civil unions, describing it both as "something not especially new, and yet genuinely 'a big deal'." Read More

While Some Continue to Laud Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Others Have a Different View

Theologians and LGBTQ Catholics, as well as secular advocates for equality have continued to offer mostly positive appraisals on Pope Francis' reiterated support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Read More

New Ways Ministry Praises Three of Pope Francis’ Cardinal Choices

The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, in response to Pope Francis naming 13 new cardinals to be created in a November 28, 2020 consistory. Read More