Notre Dame Protest Poem Furor Has a Lesson to Teach Catholics

The University of Notre Dame’s LGBTQ community and allies are forcing a reckoning on the Catholic campus that mirrors the reckoning happening in the wider U.S. Catholic church between theoretical arguments made about the queer community and the lived experience of LGBTQ folks. Read More

Why the U.S. Bishops Can’t Have It Both Ways

If some bishops get their way to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, it would erode the firewall intended to prevent religious institutions from controlling government, and vice versa. Read More

Irish Seminary Leaders Defy Vatican Ban, Welcome Gay Men Called to Priesthood

Leaders of Ireland's main seminary have said they would welcome gay men called to priestly ministry as long as they remained celibate, a statement contradicting the Vatican's instruction banning gay priests. Read More

As Germany’s Synodal Way Approaches, Lessons from a Gay Priest’s Coming Out

With Germany's synodal process set to begin this Advent, which will examine sexual morality among other topics, one gay priest's coming out story reveals how honesty, authenticity, and encounter could powerfully benefit that nation's Catholics and the church generally.  Read More

Latest Church Worker Firing in Indianapolis Shows Need for Active Lay Leadership in Church

The spate of firings in Indianapolis is a moment for Catholic laypeople to exercise their ecclesial and moral authority to denounce the unjust discrimination against LGBTQ church employees. Read More

Cardinal Says Rethinking Human Sexuality Is Important Task for the Church

A top U.S. cardinal has said it is "important" and "incumbent" that the church rethink human sexuality in a process of dialogue. Read More

Gay Priest’s Coming Out Prompts Us to Adjust Image of God, Say Journalists

Two journalists, one from South Africa and one from the U.S., have recently responded to a pro-LGBTQ talk that theologian Fr. Bryan Massingale gave earlier this summer. Both journalists agreed that Massingale invites us all to adjust our image of God. Read More

How the Synod on the Amazon Could Lead to a More LGBTQ-Inclusive Church

That the Synod on the Amazon now underway will not directly address LGBTQ issues does not mean Catholic advocates for equality should ignore an ecclesial event that could greatly impact our efforts for equality in the church. Read More

Trump Administration Backs Archdiocese That Forced Catholic School to Fire Gay Employee

Today's post includes three updates out of Indianapolis regarding church employment disputes. First, the Trump administration has stated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which is being sued by an employee fired from a Catholic school because of their same-gender marriage. Second, a canon lawyer has said the Vatican's lifting of ecclesiastical suspensions against Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is "exceptional." Third, Shelly Fitzgerald participated in a Democratic presidential debate. Read More

Fr. Martin Shares Trans-Related Letters With Vatican Official Behind Anti-LGBTQ Document

Fr. James Martin, SJ, recently met with officials from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, which released an anti-LGBTQ document earlier this summer. Martin shared with them three letters from people writing about their transgender-related experiences. Read More