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Former Irish President Says Churches Are “Conduits for Homophobia”

The former president of Ireland has said that churches in that country, including the Catholic one, are "conduits for homophobia." Read More

Ten Years Later, Will LGBTQ Advocate Fr. Tony Flannery Receive Justice at the Vatican?

After ten years of being silenced by the Vatican, due in part for his support of marriage equality, Ireland’s Fr. Tony Flannery is calling for an independent review of the Vatican’s ruling. Read More

Irish Archbishops Encourage LGBTQ Outreach Amid Major Decline in Church Life

Two archbishop in Ireland have emphasized the need to include LGBTQ people in the church's outreach efforts, comments made in the face of declining enrollment and participation among Irish Catholics. Read More

Exhibit Profiles Lesbian Couple Who Left Religious Life But Not the Struggle for Justice

A recent Dublin exhibition on Ireland’s LGBTQ diaspora is featuring the story of Bridget Coll and Chris Morrissey who were Catholic nuns, partnered lesbians, and political trailblazers of the 20th century. Read More

Catholic Schools in Ireland Reject Bishops’ Sexuality Curriculum Over LGBTQ Concerns

At least three Catholic schools in Ireland have rejected a controversial curriculum on sexuality and relationships developed by the nation's bishops, a rejection due, in part, to the curriculum's LGBTQ-negative teachings. Read More

Amid Sex Ed Debate, Mary McAleese Says She Regrets Sending Children to Catholic Schools

Ireland’s former president is at odds with one of the country’s top archbishops in the debate over a sexual education curriculum for Catholic schools, which has caused some people to re-examine the relationship between church and state when it comes to Ireland’s schools. Read More

Irish Bishop Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessings “Cold and Distant…Hurtful and Offensive”

A bishop in Ireland has become the latest church leader to voice opposition to the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples.  Read More

Former Irish President Mary McAleese Calls Vatican Ban “Gratuitously Cruel in the Extreme”; And Other Irish Reactions

Irish Catholics are resisting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, including the country's former president, Mary McAleese, who called it "gratuitously cruel in the extreme." Read More

Archbishop Says Pope’s Civil Union Support a “Reality Check”; Mary McAleese Seeks Doctrinal Change

A top Irish prelate has suggested that Pope Francis' recent comments on civil unions for same-gender couples should be a "reality check" for the church, while Ireland's former president has pushed the pope to reform church teachings about homosexuality. Read More

Sr. Jeannine Gramick Says Fr. Tony Flannery’s Refusal to Sign Vatican Oaths Shows “Real Love” for Church

In today's post from Sr. Jeannine Gramick, she writes about how Fr. Tony Flannery's refusal to sign Vatican oaths on women's leadership and on LGBTQ equality actually "shows a real love for this Church." Read More