Are U.S. Youth’s LGBT-Positive Views Being Represented at Pre-Synod Meeting This Week?

This week in Rome, some 300 youth and young adults are meeting in advance of October's Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Included among the attendees are three people from the U.S., but given their backgrounds, will the overwhelmingly LGBT-positive views of U.S. Catholic young people be fairly represented? Read More

Cardinal’s Lack of Clarity Raises Questions About Gender Identity in Catholic Education

Unclear comments by the United Kingdom's leading Catholic prelate have raised questions about just what he meant to say on the topic of gender identity in Catholic education. Read More

Irish Officials Seek Inclusive World Meeting of Families, But Who Defines Inclusion?

As preparations for the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF) press on, Irish officials continue to insist that the event be fully inclusive for all families, including LGBT ones. But a cardinal's remark shows the potential rupture between how inclusion is being understood. Read More

At Five Years, U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Mixed Reviews on LGBT Issues

The fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election has been a moment of reflection for Catholics and for the world on the impact this revolutionary pope has had, and that includes on LGBT issues. Today's post highlights a few commentaries published around the anniversary. Read More

Homophobic Church “Not the Church of the Future,” Says Former Irish President Mary McAleese

To mark International Women's Day earlier this week, the group Voices of Faith held an event in Rome about women in the Catholic Church. Titled "Why Women Matter," the event featured two LGBT advocates, former Irish President Mary McAleese and lesbian Catholic Ssenfuka Joanita Warry. The event also prompted a civil exchange between McAleese and an Irish bishop. Read More

LGBT Group Banned from St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Staten Island

Organizers of Staten Island's St. Patrick's Day parade barred an LGBT group from participating in the event last weekend because, the parade's president said, it was not a "sexual identification parade." Read More

Have Catholic Theologians Been Too Quiet About Fr. James Martin’s “Building a Bridge”?

The blog Daily Theology had an interesting back-and-forth about Fr. James Martin, SJ's new book, Building a Bridge. The conversation centered on whether academic theologians were sufficiently engaged a book that has made sizeable waves in the Church, and what it means to do public theology. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Cardinal Farrell’s Confusing Comment on Dialogue

The head of the Vatican's Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life has finally spoken out as to why he was not allowing an international Catholic woman's conference to be hosted by the Vatican. Read More

Catholic Charities Allegedly Bars Lesbian Couple from Fostering a Refugee Child

A lesbian couple in Texas have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bbishops and the U.S. government for allegedly barring the couple from becoming foster parents to a refugee child. Read More

Lesbian Softball Coach’s Forced Resignation Reveals Contradiction at Catholic School

A church worker in Michigan has been forced to resign after her Catholic employer and the local diocese expressed concern about the worker's upcoming same-gender marriage. Read More