NEWS NOTES: U.S. Bishops Appoint New Religious Liberty Chair; Hungarians Support Anti-LGBTQ Polish Bishop; And More

Today's post includes an update on the U.S. bishops' new religious liberty chair, support an embattled Polish bishop has received from colleagues in Hungary, and a legal dispute developing between two Catholic parents and their lesbian daughter. Read More

125+ Catholic Leaders Sign Letter to End Trump Administration’s “Natural Law” Commission

More than 100 Catholic leaders have signed a letter expressing objections to the Trump administration's new Commission on Unalienable Rights, one of several such protests from LGBTQ groups and other concerned activists. Read More

IKEA Fires Catholic Employee for Posting Violent Scripture Quotes

 A Catholic employee at an IKEA store in Poland was fired after he posted violently imaged scripture passages on the store’s internal Facebook group. Read More

Catholic Restaurant Owners Deny Service to Engaged Lesbian Couple

The Catholic owners of a Missouri restaurant denied service to a lesbian couple just weeks before the couple married. Read More

Brazilian Bishops Troubled by Court’s Criminalization of Homophobia, Transphobia

Brazil's bishops have expressed concern about a high court's ruling that homophobia and transphobia should be criminalized as a crime equivalent to racism. Read More

Catholics Must Stop Trump’s Misuse of Natural Law Theory Against LGBTQ Equality

The Trump administration announced earlier this spring that it was launching an advisory board on human rights to be grounded in natural law. The natural law tradition has been used theologically by Catholics for centuries, often to the detriment of marginalized groups. How should Catholics respond to this move that could potentially imperil LGBTQ equality worldwide? Read More

U.S. Bishops Provisionally Affirm Opposition to Transgender Equality as Key Strategic Priority

The U.S. bishops have provisionally affirmed opposition to transgender rights and the continuation of their religious liberty campaign as key parts of their strategic priorities for 2021-2024.  Read More

New Poll Shows U.S. Catholics Are Increasingly Supportive of Transgender Rights

The same week the Vatican released a new document on gender described by LGBTQ advocates as harmful and oppressive, new polling shows U.S. Catholics are increasingly comfortable with and supportive of transgender people. Read More