Find out about Catholic support for marriage equality
Get answers to your questions about Catholic perspectives on marriage equality. Find out why growing majorities of Catholics are supporting marriage equality because of their faith, not in spite of their faith. Download a PDF of New Ways Ministry’s 40-page booklet, Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach, by Francis DeBernardo, our Executive Director. Click here to download your copy now.
A Catholic Blessing for Same-Gender Couples
To help Catholics who want to bless same-sex couples, New Ways Ministry is making available the text of a blessing ceremony that all people–lay, vowed, ordained–can use. The ceremony includes scripture and a blessing ceremony based on one that historian John Boswell found while doing research in the Vatican library for his book Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe.
You can access the ceremony by clicking here. At the bottom of the page with the blessing is a button to download a PDF version of the ceremony. For other resources for Catholic support of same-gender couples, click here.
Some good things Catholic leaders have been saying about marriage equality
In recent years, church leaders–including bishops, Vatican officials, lay leaders, clergy–have been making positive statements about same-sex couples and relationships. New Ways Ministry has been cataloging these thoughts as we learn of them. Click here for our entire list.
Contemporary Theological Reflections on Same-Gender Relationships
For a summary of what 20th and 21st century theologians have been saying about the morality of same-gender relationships, click here.
Theologian: A Catholic Case for Same-Sex Marriage
Lisa Fullam, a professor at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, argues that the Catholic moral tradition supports a case for legalizing civil same-sex marriage. Click here to read her essay explaining the reasons for her claim.