Swiss Dioceses Speak Out Against a Bishop Placing Blame for Sex Abuse Problems on Gay Priests

A public debate among some of Switzerland's Catholic leaderss has emerged after one auxiliary bishop made a strong comment blaming gay priests for the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Read More

Overcoming Welcome-ish: A Challenge

How welcoming are welcoming parishes really? Read More

Vatican Clarifies Pope Francis’ Remark About Psychiatry

A small brouhaha erupted this week after Pope Francis' advice to parents of lesbian and gay children were interpreted by some to indicate that the pontiff was recommending psychiatric help to prevent a child from becoming lesbian or gay. Read More

Looking Toward the Youth Synod and Helping Young LGBT Catholics Tell Their Stories

A new website will allow Catholic LGBTQ youth to tell their stories to their bishop delegates at October's synod on youth at the Vartican. Read More

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

On Flight Back to Rome, Pope Francis Offers Advice to Parents of Lesbian and Gay People

On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children. Read More

Pope Francis Closes World Meeting of Families While Being Attacked by Former Papal Nuncio

The World Meeting of Families 2018 concluded yesterday with a papal Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and the atmosphere was decidedly somber and depressing.  The morning's rain showers didn't help, but the rain clouds were not the problem. The problem was the darker clouds of clergy and religious abuse of children which has covered Ireland for far too long now. And if Pope Francis' slow response to the abuse was not enough to keep people away, on the eve of the papal Mass news hit that the former papal nuncio to the United States was attacking the pontiff's record. Read More

New Ways Ministry Responds to Archbishop Vigano’s Accusations Against Gay Clergy and Pope Francis

While I am in no position to comment on the veracity of Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s recent claims about what Pope Francis and other church officials knew about various cases of clergy sexual abuse, after reading his statement, his emphasis that all of the Catholic Church’s current problems on supposed “homosexual networks” within the Church and also with Pope Francis reads like classic scapegoating.  Read More

BREAKING NEWS from WMF: Family With LGBT Members Brings Offertory Gifts to Pope Francis

At the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families here in Dublin's Phoenix Park, it has been announced that among the handful of families who will be in the offertory procession will be " a family involved in the “All Are Welcome” Mass in Avila, in Donnybrook, Dublin." Read More

LGBT and Ally Voices on World Meeting of Families

Some brief items about LGBT voices discussing the World Meeting of Families, Dublin. Read More