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Bishop Is “Ashamed” of Church, Apologizes for Vatican’s Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

Bishops in Belgium have affirmed a member of their episcopate who expressed his disagreement with the Vatican over church blessings for same-gender couples, which Rome banned on Monday. Meanwhile, in Germany, support for LGBTQ inclusion continues to grow, too. Read More

New Ways Ministry Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples An Impotent Decision

This decision though is an impotent one because it won’t stop the movement to bless such couples, and, in fact, it will actually encourage Catholics in the pews and the many Catholic leaders who are eager for such blessings to happen to work harder in their support—and blessing—of same-sex couples. Read More

New Ways Ministry Praises Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Seeks Same Recognition in Church

The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, in response to Pope Francis announcing for the first time as pope his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Read More

German Priest Ready to Bless Same-Gender Couples, Calls Catechism “Embarrassing”

A priest tasked with diocesan ministry to lesbian and gay people has said he would happily bless same-gender couples if he was asked, adding that the Catechism's statements on homosexuality are "embarrassing." Read More

In Homily, German Priests Calls for Church Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A priest in Germany harshly criticized the church’s refusal to ordain women and gay men, as well as its unwillingness to bless same-gender couples, calling some Catholics “bouncers” for their exclusionary attitudes. Read More

Yet Another German Bishop Endorses Church Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

In Germany, another bishop has endorsed church blessings for same-gender couples, while a group of young theologians calls for an end to discrimination in the church. Read More

In New Interview, Top German Bishop Endorses Church Blessings for LGBTQ Couples

A top German bishop has endorsed church blessings for same-gender couples, suggesting that the church needs to overcome perceptions that the church is only condemnatory when it comes to sexuality. Read More

Diocesan Magazine Features Stories of a Married Gay Church Worker and a Sex Therapist

A diocesan magazine in Germany recently featured three perspectives on LGBTQ issues in the church, one from a gay pastoral worker, one from theologian, and one from a sex therapist. Read More