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Repudiating Pope Francis, U.S. Bishops Vote to Create Marriage and Family Document

Meeting earlier this week, U.S. bishops voted to develop a document on marriage and family in a delayed response to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. But overall, on this document and in other ways, the meeting was largely a continued rejection of the pope's vision. Read More

Australian Catholics Welcome “Yes” Victory in Marriage Equality Survey

Australian Catholics are celebrating a "Yes" victory in the nation's postal survey on marriage equality, the results of which were released yesterday. But there is also a new focus on healing after a very harmful, and in many people's opinion unnecessary, process that did not actually legalize marriage equality. Read More

Pope Francis Record on LGBT Issues Weakened by Criticism of Transgender Community

A gay Catholic offers his thoughts after the pope's latest remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Read More

On Anti-LGBT Bullying, Catholic Educators Should Follow Church of England’s Lead

The Church of England's new guidelines on anti-bullying in schools encourage students to "play with the many cloaks of identity," an approach that would be well-suited for Catholic schools as well. Read More

Fr. Richard Rohr on Sexuality, Gender, and Our Identity in Christ

"Sexuality and gender identity elicit so many strong feelings and even irrational opinions because they touch upon something foundational. If you don’t recognize the sacred at this deep level of identity and desire, I don’t know if you will be able to see it anywhere else." For more wisdom from Fr. Richard Rohr, read on! Read More

Will Sexuality Education Sink Alberta’s Catholic Schools?

Figures on both sides of Alberta's debate over whether Catholic schools can teach a different curriculum on LGBTQ issues have made claims that this issue could severely threaten church-affiliated education in the province. 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

Scottish Priest Endorses Anti-Bullying Programs for Nation’s Schools

A Catholic priest in Scotland has come out in support of LGBT education programs in the country's school, a step in which other church officials will hopefully join him to help support and protect LGBTQ youth. Read More

As Australian Vote Concludes, Catholics Should ‘Vote Yes’ on Reconciliation and the Common Good

Yesterday was the final day for Australians to submit ballots in the nation's postal survey over marriage equality, a debate in which Catholics have been heavily involved. With the results to be announced in less than two weeks, it is time for Catholics to consider what comes next. Read More

Diocese Defends Guidelines on Denying Funerals to Married Lesbian/Gay Catholics

LGBT advocates have sharply criticized guidelines from the Diocese of Madison that would bar married lesbian/gay Catholics from receiving funerals in the church, prompting a defense from Bishop Robert Morlino and the Diocese. Read More