Massachusetts Bishop, Faithful Jointly Publish Call for Greater LGBTQ+ Inclusion

A Massachusetts bishop and Catholic LGBTQ+ advocates have co-authored a call for their diocesan church to be more inclusive, inviting the faithful to become involved. Read More

Vatican Letter Critical of Pro-LGBTQ+ German Catholics Escalates Tensions

The conflict between German Catholics and the Vatican has reached a new low. The Vatican released a letter criticizing the German church, specifically about has and women's ordination, while one top bishop forcefully defended the German faithful's efforts. Read More

Pope Francis Hosts Transgender Women for Vatican Luncheon

Pope Francis welcomed a group of transgender women, with whom he has formed an ongoing relationship, to a luncheon at the Vatican last week marking the church's World Day of the Poor. Read More

Catholic Reform Advocates’ Response to Synod Is Largely Negative

Catholic reformers have responded largely negatively to the synthesis report from last month's General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. The report failed to mention LGBTQ+ people directly, though a closer reading reveals sections that, if applied to gender and sexuality issues, could be helpful. Read More

Post-Synod Commentaries Reveal Fuller Story on LGBTQ+ Discussions

In the two weeks since the Synod on Synodality's first General Assembly ended, a flurry of reactions and commentaries have appeared, both about the meeting's final report and the larger process. Read More

Synodality Can Produce Supportive Polices for LGBTQ+ Students, Writes Theologian

Nick Fagnant, Commonweal's Synod Writing Fellow and a doctoral student in theology, writes about how the spirit of Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality can influence Catholic schools’ policies toward LGBTQ+ students. Read More

Synod Delegates Share Some of the Dynamics Around LGBTQ+ Discussions

"There were some very compelling testimonies on the part of people about that in terms of their families. That was not fully reflected in the document." Read More

The Synod & LGBTQ+ People: What Happened? What’s Next?

"The Synod & LGBTQ+ People: What Happened?” on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:30 pm Eastern U.S. Time, on Zoom. Read More

Some Synod Report Ideas Could Be Helpful If Applied to LGBTQ+ People

The Synod assembly’s final report contains a number of passages that can be applied in positive ways to LGBTQ+ issues.  Read More

Silence at the Synod: A Proposal for Greater Openness

The synod is supposed to be a consultation of the whole church. Read More