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Italian Legislator Cites Catholic Faith in Decision to Come Out Publicly as Gay

An Italian legislator and former governmental minister came out publicly as gay last month on late-night television, citing his Catholic identity as one of the motivations for affirming his identity. Read More

Court Rules Catholic School Discriminated Against Teacher Fired Over Lesbian Rumors

Italy's highest court has ruled that a Catholic school did discriminate against a teacher it fired over rumors she was lesbian. The ruling could potentially set an LGBTQ-positive precedent in the nation's courts. Read More

Italian Bishops Now Seek Dialogue In Wake of Defeated LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Bill

One of Italy's top bishops has expressed a desire for dialogue after legislators voted down a bill that would have provided non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, a bill the church has strongly opposed up to now. Read More

Some Italian Catholics Support Non-Discrimination Bill, While Vatican Is Now Quiet

Some Italian Catholics have offered their support for an Italian bill that would enhance LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. Meanwhile, the Vatican, which at one point had intervened against the bill, is now remaining quiet. Read More

Archbishop Retracts Criticism of Vatican Over Italian LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Bill

An archbishop has retracted his criticism of the Vatican over its intervention against an LGBTQ non-discrimination bill being debated in Italy. Read More

Archbishop Criticizes Vatican’s Intervention Over Italian Non-Discrimination Bill

A top archbishop has criticized the Holy See's intervention over a proposed bill in Italy to enhance non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, though the archbishop also critiqued the bill itself. Read More

As Pope Francis Blesses Priest’s Ministry, Vatican Seeks Changes to Non-Discrimination Bill

The contrast between Pope Francis and the Vatican when it comes to LGBTQ issues was again on display this past week with Francis sending a positive note to Fr. James Martin while the Curia is mired in a diplomatic dispute. Read More

In Historic First, Vatican Preemptively Objects to Italian Bill Targeting LGBTQ Discrimination

The Vatican has raised its objection to a proposed Italian law that would combat anti-gay discrimination, which is especially notable given the historic diplomatic nature of this move. Read More

Catholics in Latin America and Europe to Mark IDAHOBIT with Interfaith Prayers

This coming Monday, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. Once again, Catholics are leading the organization of interfaith prayer vigils and services to remember the victims of anti-LGBTQ prejudices and hate crimes. Read More

Gay Pastors in Netherlands Vow to Ignore Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

A collective of gay pastoral workers in the Netherlands has vowed to ignore the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, encouraging other church workers to do likewise. Read More