Catholic Reform Advocates’ Response to Synod Is Largely Negative

Catholic reformers have responded largely negatively to the synthesis report from last month's General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. The report failed to mention LGBTQ+ people directly, though a closer reading reveals sections that, if applied to gender and sexuality issues, could be helpful. Read More

Bishop John Stowe: Blessing LGBTQ+ Couples “Almost Signifies God’s Approval”

Last Monday, the Vatican released a document from Pope Francis in which he expressed an openness to church blessings for same-gender couples. A number of Catholic leaders have responded positively, including Lexington's Bishop John Stowe. Read More

LGBTQ+ Pilgrims to World Youth Day Were Visible, Affirming Presence

In August, among the more than one million young adults who traveled to Lisbon to be a part of World Youth Day were a group sent to shed light on the LGBTQ+ community in the Catholic Church. Read More

Massachusetts Catholics, LGBTQ+ Advocates Condemn Worcester Diocese’s Gender Policy

Backlash against the Diocese of Worcester's new policy on gender identity has continued, with some LGBTQ+ launching a petition ahead of local Pride celebrations kicking off next month. Read More

As World Youth Day Pilgrims Seek LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Pope Francis Says “Everyone” Welcome

Among the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for World Youth Day in Portugal this week have been young Catholics advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusion. Read More

LGBTQ+ Advocates and Church Reformers React Positively to Synod’s Latest Document

LGBTQ+ advocates' reactions to the Vatican's latest working document for the Synod on Synodality have been largely positive and hopeful. Today's post includes some of those reactions, as well as insightful remarks from one LGBTQ-positive cardinal. Read More

Catholic LGBTQ+ Advocates Welcome Pope Francis’ Denouncement of Criminalization Laws

Catholic LGBTQ+ advocates largely have welcomed Pope Francis' denouncement of laws that criminalize being LGBTQ+. Today's post features a first set of these reactions. Read More

Advocates Reflect on Benedict XVI’s Largely Negative LGBTQ+ Impact

LGBTQ+ advocates have marked the death of Benedict XVI, the pope emeritus, with reflections about the impact he had—as a theologian and cardinal, as well as pope—on issues of gender and sexuality in the church. Read More

DignityUSA’s 25th National Gathering Focuses on a “Church Transfigured”

DignityUSA held its 25th national gathering this past weekend, which focused on the organization's vision for a church transfigured and included an award for gay theologian Fr. Bryan Massingale. Read More

Pro-LGBTQ Catholics Rally Outside U.S. Bishops’ Meeting Around Communion Denial

A network of U.S. Catholic reform groups held a demonstration outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting to push back against attempts to deny Communion to pro-LGBTQ and pro-choice politicians. Read More