John Gehring: Bishops Need a “Year of Abstinence” from Preaching on Sexuality and Gender

Catholic bishops have an authority crisis that seemingly intensifies daily as more LGBTQ church workers are fired and new cover ups of clergy sexual abuse are revealed. One Catholic leader has a suggestion for them: stop preaching about sexuality and gender for a year. Read More

Frédéric Martel, Author of “In the Closet of the Vatican,” Offers Lengthy Response to Critics

Frédéric Martel, the author of the controversial In the Closet of the Vatican published earlier this year, has responded to critics by saying Catholics do not like the truth and the church is "burning and threatening to collapse." Read More

Advocates Gather for Global Forum on the State of LGBTQI Catholic Affairs

LGBTQI advocates from around the world gathered in Chicago last week for the third assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a conference which ended with a daylong forum on the state of LGBTQI Catholic affairs. Read More

Interfaith Leaders Denounce Bishop’s Anti-Transgender Comments; LGBTQ Youth Group Criticizes Pope Francis; and More

Today's post features Catholic LGBTQ news updates, including an interfaith letter criticizing a transgender-negative bishop, an LGBTQ youth group's criticism of Pope Francis, and more. 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

Responding to Vatican’s Gender Document, Catholics Urge Church Leaders to Really Listen

A Catholic sister who has worked with transgender people for two decades shared her thoughts on the Vatican's gender document released last month, one of many reactions about the controversial text still being published. Read More

Thousands of German Religious Educators Call for Rethinking of Church Teachings on Sexuality

Ahead of the German church's upcoming synodal process, an organization representing thousands of religious educators in Germany has called for the Catholic Church to reconsider its teachings on sexual morality, more specifically on homosexuality. Read More

New Vatican Gender Document Is “Nothing More Than Putting Lipstick on a Pig,” Says Journalist

The Congregation for Catholic Education's document on gender, Male and Female He Created Them, has continued to generate commentary and criticism. Today's post highlights some of those reactions with links provided for further reading. Read More

High Court’s 1975 Decision Points to Alternative Vatican Path on Gender Identity Issues

Today's post from guest blogger Dr. Jennifer Haselberger recalls a 1975 decision from the Vatican's highest court that shows another way beyond condemnation is possible for the Church on gender identity issues. Read More

Catholic Bishops and LGBTQI Advocates At Odds Over Vatican’s View of Gender Identity

The U.S. bishops' top official on education has welcomed a new Vatican document on gender, "Male and Female He Created Them," which has prompted condemnation from LGBTQ advocates. Read More