Jamie Manson Castigates Vatican for Harmful Language About Gay Priests

Jamie Manson, a noted queer columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, has entered anew the debate over gay men in the priesthood (reinvigorated after Pope Francis' most recent comments on the issue) with a striking critique of the language and the ideas church leaders use against gay priests. Read More

After Papal Comment, Renewed Debate on Whether a “Gay Lobby” Exists in the Clergy

Pope Francis' recent comment about gay priests has reinvigorated the back and forth about whether gay men should be ordained and what role such priests may or may not have played in the Church's sexual misconduct scandal. Read More

Reactions Mixed to Pope Francis’ Recent Gay Priest Comments

Reactions to Pope Francis' recent comments about gay priests were mixed, though generally negative given his aside that homosexuality has seemingly become "fashionable." Read More

On Gay Priests, Does Pope Francis Still Believe “Who Am I to Judge?”?

Pope Francis has said that gay men in the priesthood is "something that worries me" and that homosexuality has become "fashionable" in some contexts, comments further complicating his already mixed record on LGBT issues. Read More

Conservative Resistance to Pope Francis Gels Around LGBT Issues

A conservative resistance has been growing in the church since Pope Francis was elected in 2013, with many of the harshest criticisms reserved for the ways he has slowly begun to change the church’s conversation around LGBTQ+ acceptance.  Read More

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