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New Film Addresses Old Cultural Scar of “Ex-Gay” Therapy in Ireland

Ireland’s public television network has aired a new film about conversion therapy and the damage it causes people who undergo it. The film reveals the long shadow a history of LGBTQ persecution in a largely Catholic country casts despite legal advances for LGBTQ equality in recent years. Read More

Ireland’s President to Award Gay Priest with Top Honor for Serving Nation’s Diaspora

A gay Catholic priest from Ireland will be awarded the “Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad” later this month. The award will be given by Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins on November 21, 2019. Read More

Irish Seminary Leaders Defy Vatican Ban, Welcome Gay Men Called to Priesthood

Leaders of Ireland's main seminary have said they would welcome gay men called to priestly ministry as long as they remained celibate, a statement contradicting the Vatican's instruction banning gay priests. Read More

Diocesan Survey Finds 86% of Catholics Seek Change in Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Listening sessions in an Irish diocese have found an overwhelmingly majority of Catholics there supporting changing the church's teachings on homosexuality, a finding that is "signs of life" according to one former priest and could enable a new future for the church. Read More

Bishops Claim Parliament “Hijacked” New Law to Legalize Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Irish bishops have expressed alarm about a law passed by Britain's Parliament that would legalize marriage equality and abortion in Northern Ireland if the province's self-government is not restored by late October. Read More

Irish Catholic School to Introduce Gender-Neutral Uniforms, But Sex Ed Controversy Continues

In a positive step, a Catholic school in Ireland will introduce gender-neutral uniforms and restrooms to accommodate gender non-conforming youth. But wider questions of how gender and sexuality are handled in the nation's church-run schools remain disputed. Read More

Priests Compare Gay People to Infected Zombies, Blame Homosexuality for Autism

Two priests involved with the Irish Church made disparaging comments about LGBTQ people recently, but thankfully in both cases, religious superiors intervened to stem the harm. Still, the comments show that LGBTQ people cannot yet expect even basic human decency from some Catholic clergy. Read More

Catholic Schools in Ireland May Be Required to Teach LGBT Sexuality and Relationships

A new proposal in Ireland may mean Catholic schools in the nation would be required to include LGBT issues in certain curricula related to sexuality and relationships. Read More

Poll Reveals Ireland’s Catholics Want Church to Recognize Lesbian/Gay Marriages

A recent poll of Ireland’s citizens has revealed the desire for greater acceptance of same-sex marriage in the Catholic Church. Read More

NEWS NOTES: U.S. Priests Affirm LGBT Ministry; Costa Rican Bishops Condemn Marriage Equality; And More

Today's post features short news notes including U.S. Catholic priests' resolution supporting LGBT ministry, the Costa Rican bishops' condemnation of marriage equality, and a conference of gay-negative Christians seeking to promote LGBT people's dignity. Read More