U.S. Priests Group Defends Gay Clergy, Seeks Dialogue with Bishops

A reform-oriented priests' group approved a statement of support for gay clergy at its assembly earlier this year, and ask the U.S. bishops to do likewise for such men. Read More

Top Vatican Official: Linking Gay Priests to Abuse Is “Scientifically Untenable Association”

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State for the Holy See, refuted the idea that homosexuality is linked to sexual abuse, writing in a new book that blaming the abuse crisis in the church on gay priests is a "serious and scientifically untenable association." Read More

Homophobia Flares at U.S. Bishops’ Meeting, Targeting Gay Priests and Fr. James Martin

Statements from church officials and protestors alike targeted gay priests and Fr. James Martin, SJ, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' assembly in Baltimore this week. These statements are but some of several signs that the U.S. episcopate still strongly resists Pope Francis' efforts at church reform. Read More

Bishop: Gay Priests “Wreaking Great Devastation” in Church and Cause of Sexual Abuse

Right wing Church leaders are again trying to blame sexual abuse by clergy on gay priests and religious. One bishop has even suggested a 'homosexual subculture" is "wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord." But many Catholics have pushed back, rightfully acknowledging the positive role gay priests and religious have played in the Church while identifying real causes of abuse as crimes of power not sex. Today's post reports on the bishops' gay-negative statements while tomorrow's post shares several analyses. Read More

Fr. Helmut Schüller, Austrian Reformer Banned in Boston, Begins U.S. Tour This Month

Fr. Helmut Schüller, noted for his efforts at church reform in the Archdiocese of Vienna,... Read More

Brazilian Priest Excommunicated for Advocating LGBT Rights

Fr. Roberto Francisco Daniel resigned from his priestly duties after the Diocese of Bauru, Brazil,... Read More