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Transgender Advocate Sr. Luisa Derouen Criticizes Bishop Paprocki’s New Gender Policy

Sr. Luisa Derouen, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and long time spiritual companion to transgender people, has published an essay reacting to Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s controversial, transphobic policy published in January. Read More

Catholics Pushback Against Bishop Paprocki’s Policy Against Transgender Church Workers, Students

LGBTQ Catholics and allies are responding critically to a new transgender policy set by the Diocese of Springfield’s Bishop Thomas Paprocki. Read More

Jamie Manson: New Diocesan Policy ‘Puts Transgender Folks in Bishops’ Crosshairs’

National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson has responded to Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki's new anti-transgender policy by suggesting the bishops are putting "trans folks in their crosshairs."  Read More

Bishop Paprocki Threatens Transgender Church Workers, Catholic School Students in New Policy

A new policy in the Diocese of Springfield (Illinois) outlines the repressive approach to gender identity issues mandated by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, including threats against LGBTQ church workers and students in Catholic schools. Read More

Conservative Bishops Endorse Criticism of Fr. James Martin’s LGBT Ministry

Conservative bishops in the U.S. have endorsed Archbishop Charles Chaput's criticism of Fr. James Martin, SJ, and his LGBT ministry, criticism on which the archbishop has doubled down.  Read More

What Would Cause a Catholic Pastor to Burn a Rainbow Flag?

I would like to propose that another cause be considered about why Fr. Paul Kalchik decided to burn a rainbow flag:  I think that the current climate in Catholic Church and civil society has reached such a hateful pitch that hateful displays are the logical result. Read More

On Bishops’ Decrees Against Gay Catholics’ Funerals, the Real Scandal Is Discrimination

Two U.S. bishops' decrees that would deny funerals to Catholics in same-gender marriages were worried such celebrations would cause public scandal. But theologians Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler argued in the National Catholic Reporter that the real scandal is the decrees themselves. Read More

Firings, Funerals, Fear . . . and Food

Over the last year and half, the media has focused attention on large, growing divisions in American society. Even in the American Catholic world, divisions both between and within the hierarchy and laity can sometimes become pronounced. For example, the cycle of action and reaction to same-sex marriage continues at all levels in the Catholic Church. Among the worst responses have been when LGBT people are fired from Catholic jobs. Church officials proclaim “scandal,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that their own actions and communications are exceedingly cruel and scandalous. The cycle of outrage continues with the recent news that a second U.S. diocese – Madison, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Bishop Robert Morlino - has determined that funerals should be denied to people in same gender civil marriages. Morlino joins Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois who gave similar directions to his diocesan personnel last summer, prompting quite a backlash. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: ‘You belong here. It’s about time somebody says that to you.’

“Gays and lesbians are welcome in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. “That’s the message the Most Rev. Walter F. Sullivan, the bishop of the diocese, brought yesterday to a gathering of 250 people at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for what organizers said was the first official Mass for gays and lesbians in Richmond. ” ‘You belong here,’ Sullivan told the group. ‘It’s about time somebody says that to you.’ “ Read More

Have U.S. Bishops Given Up Their Culture War Agenda?

Earlier this summer, Jesuit Father Thomas Reese wrote two columns in The National Catholic Reporter dealing... Read More