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German Bishops Affirm Homosexuality as “Normal,” Acknowledge Queer Relationships as “Hot Topic”

After sponsoring a consultation on human sexuality, Germany's bishops issued a statement in which they said church teaching against same-gender sexual activity was a "hot topic" and affirmed homosexuality as a "normal" part of human development. Read More

In New Index, Several Catholic Countries Are Among Safest for LGBTQ Tourists

Included in a newly formed list of the safest places for LGBTQ people to visit are a number of predominantly Catholic countries, showing Catholics are more supportive of LGBTQ equality than they are resistant to it. Read More

For Third Time, Austrian Cardinal Welcomes AIDS Charity to Hold Fundraiser at Cathedral

Vienna's cardinal again welcomed an AIDS charity to the city's cathedral for an arts fundraiser, one of his many LGBTQ-positive acts in recent years. Read More

New Film Addresses Old Cultural Scar of “Ex-Gay” Therapy in Ireland

Ireland’s public television network has aired a new film about conversion therapy and the damage it causes people who undergo it. The film reveals the long shadow a history of LGBTQ persecution in a largely Catholic country casts despite legal advances for LGBTQ equality in recent years. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Bishop McElroy Issues Condemnation of Judgmentalism in Church

In a recent address, San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy sharply condemned judgementalism, particularly in the church, and warned of the damage such an attitude inflicts, particularly on the retention of young Catholics. But he stopped short of naming what is at the core of judgmentalism in the U.S. church today: LGBTQ-negative teachings and practices. Read More

Community Supports Lesbian Judge Denied Communion with Inclusive Liturgy, Letter to Bishop

Community members are making their support known for a lesbian Catholic denied Communion over her same-gender marriage, including with an inclusive liturgy and one parishioner's letter to the local bishop. Read More

Utah Diocese Backs Proposed State Ban on Conversion Therapy Targeting Minors

Not long after Pope Francis met with a lesbian woman who advocates against conversion therapy, U.S. diocese have offered conflicting responses to proposed bans on such debunked psychological practices. Read More

“Plague,” A New Podcast, Remembers Complex Story of AIDS and the Catholic Church

A new podcast on AIDS and the Catholic Church is being lauded for its honest, challenging engagement with a harrowing period for lesbian and gay Catholics in the 1980s and 1990s. Read More

Diocese Supports Priest with Pattern of Denying Communion to, Firing LGBTQ Catholics

A diocese in Michigan is backing one of its priest's decision to deny Communion to a longtime lesbian parishioner because of her same-gender marriage, part of an alleged pattern of Communion denials and LGBTQ church worker firings in the parish. Read More