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Pope Francis’ Meeting with Fr. James Martin Rebukes Culture War Bishops, Raises Questions on Inclusion

The private audience between Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin, SJ, reverberated through all sides of the LGBTQ equality debate in the Catholic Church. But beyond a papal affirmation of the latter's LGBTQ ministry, what significance is there to the meeting? Today's post features two commentaries on this question. Read More

Fr. Martin Shares Trans-Related Letters With Vatican Official Behind Anti-LGBTQ Document

Fr. James Martin, SJ, recently met with officials from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, which released an anti-LGBTQ document earlier this summer. Martin shared with them three letters from people writing about their transgender-related experiences. Read More

Conservative Bishops Endorse Criticism of Fr. James Martin’s LGBT Ministry

Conservative bishops in the U.S. have endorsed Archbishop Charles Chaput's criticism of Fr. James Martin, SJ, and his LGBT ministry, criticism on which the archbishop has doubled down.  Read More

Fr. James Martin Responds to Philadelphia Archbishop’s Criticism of LGBTQ Talk

Fr. James Martin, SJ, has issued a response to a recent column by Philadelphia's outgoing archbishop that criticized Martin for alleged ambiguities in his LGBTQ ministry. Read More

Recent Steps Towards LGBTQ Inclusion Are Signs of Hope for Church

"What would it mean for the institutional church to welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics?" That is the question posed by Fr. James Martin, SJ, in a new column for America where he shares three recent steps towards inclusion. Read More

Fr. James Martin: To Stop Hate, Faith Communities Need To Get Their Own Houses In Order

Fr. James Martin, S.J. recently testified before a U.S. congressional committee on the role religious acts can play in combatting hate crimes, and suggested, "the most effective thing they can do is to get their own houses of worship in order." Read More

Bishop John Stowe Leads University of Notre Dame LGBTQ Retreat; Fr. James Martin Awarded

Two LGBT events at the University of Notre Dame are occurring in early 2019, signs that the campus is making further progress towards inclusion after the cause was stymied by administrators for so many years. Read More

Fr. James Martin Responds to Critics’ Charge of Atheism and Doctrinal Rejection

Fr. James Martin, SJ, has offered a "friendly response" to two bishops who recently criticized LGBT ministry as rejecting church doctrine and promoting atheism. Read More

Fr. James Martin to Youth Synod: Use “LGBT” Language, Affirm Lesbian/Gay Couples as Family

Reports from the Synod on Youth indicate that LGBT issues are being raised in at least two ways: whether to use the term "LGBT" in a church document and whether to refer to same-gender couples and their children as "families." Read More

Archbishop Stands By Fr. James Martin and LGBT-Friendly Pastor Against Conservative Protestors

Georgia's top bishop has reaffirmed his support for Fr. James Martin, SJ, and a local pastor at an LGBT-friendly parish after protestors spread misinformation about Martin's talk and sought to have the pastor removed. Read More