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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

Irish Military Chaplain Releases LGBTQ Supportive Video for Dublin Pride Celebration

A Catholic priest in Ireland who is also a military chaplain recently released a video in support of the LGBTQ community for Dublin’s 2020 Pride festivities.  Read More

New Book Features Pope Who Is Intersex and Pregnant

A new novel by author Maggie Hamand asks what would happen if an intersex Irish Catholic priest became pope--and pregnant. Read More

Irish Schools Cancel Scheduled Tour By LGBTQ-Negative Catholic Chastity Speaker

Schools in Ireland stood against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric last week by cancelling a number of talks by conservative Catholic U.S. speaker Jason Evert, whose website and talks promote negative views of LGBTQ people.  Read More

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