Top German Bishop “Not Happy” with Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

A top German bishop has expressed his disappointed with the Vatican's recent statement banning the blessing of same-gender unions, suggesting the question is not settled. Read More

New Ways Ministry Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples An Impotent Decision

This decision though is an impotent one because it won’t stop the movement to bless such couples, and, in fact, it will actually encourage Catholics in the pews and the many Catholic leaders who are eager for such blessings to happen to work harder in their support—and blessing—of same-sex couples. Read More

Global Network of Rainbow Catholics Seeks Vatican Intervention on Anti-LGBTQ Bishops

Catholics worldwide are calling on the Vatican to intervene in Ghana, where the nation's bishops have taken stridently anti-LGBTQ positions, and were even involved with the closing of an LGBTQ center. Read More

Gay Couple Shares Positive Impact a Call from Pope Francis Had on Their Family’s Life

A gay Catholic couple in Italy, who had a 2015 phone conversation with Pope Francis about their concerns over the church welcoming their children, have spoken out now about the pope’s affirming message to them in that call. Read More

In Not Supporting LGBTQ Marriages, the Church Preaches a Hospitality It Does Not Practice

Until the Church recognizes justice-seeking, loving, generous couples of all kinds with the sacrament that acknowledges the grace they manifest, the Church will be preaching a hospitality that it does not practice. Read More

USCCB’s Initial Criticism of Biden Reveals Divide in How Bishops Approach Policy

What should Catholic advocates for LGBTQ equality make of the growing divisions among U.S. bishops as Joe Biden assumes the U.S. presidency? Read More

In Pope’s Welcome of Women Acolytes and Lectors, A Lesson for LGBTQ Catholics, Too

Yesterday, news broke that Pope Francis altered canon law to mandate that women be allowed to serve as lectors and acolytes. The pope's action is a reminder for church reform advocates of just how change comes about in the church, and how this reform is only a stepping stone to true equality for all Catholics. Read More

Pope’s Affirmation of “Right to Family” Can Help LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

As Pope Francis has consistently emphasized, mercy encounters persons and their needs, not their moral infractions. When Catholic families and communities learn to see others with these eyes, new horizons in how we imagine the extent and diversity of our families may well unfold. Read More

Mexican Cardinal Endorses Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Family Inclusion of LGBTQ Members

A leading bishop in Mexico has spoken favorably about Pope Francis' support for same-gender civil unions and call for families not to exclude LGBTQ members. Read More

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