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Italian Archbishop Stresses Importance of LGBT Ministry

At Thursday's synod press briefing, one of the featured speakers was Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.  As far as LGBT issues go, Zuppi is probably best known for writing the preface to Un ponte da costruire, the Italian translation of Fr. James Martin's book, Building a Bridge, about improving the relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church.  Continue reading to learn what he said about LGBT ministry. Read More

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

Fr. James Martin Urges Welcome and Respect for LGBT Catholics at WMF

The movement in the United States and around the world to create LGBT-friendly parishes, which has worked for decades to welcome and include marginalized and alienated people, finally came into its own this week when, at the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Jesuit Father James Martin addressed the gathering about creating inclusive Catholic communities. Read More

Second Pro-LGBT Catholic Organization Has Been Ignored by World Meeting of Families

An international coalition of Catholic LGBT organizations has become the second organization to announce that the World Meeting of Families (WMF) administrators have ignored their application to have an exhibit booth at the Dublin event in August. Read More

Recognizing, Understanding, and Affirming Asexual People

There’s a small change in one of the definitions of Fr. James Martin’s second edition of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity. The change may be minor, but it makes a world of difference to a particular group of people who are often forgotten.  Read More

Pope Francis: World’s Pastor, Enforcer of Doctrine—or Spiritual Director?

Pope Francis’s declarations on LGBTQ issues have been producing spiritual whiplash. On one hand we have “Who am I to judge?” and “God made you like this. God loves you like this.” On the other, we have a reaffirmation that seminaries should not admit gay men, and no indication that Francis plans to alter basic church teaching on sexuality. How should we understand this complex--or contradictory?--figure? Read More

NEWS NOTES: Trans Health, Fr. Martin, LGBTQ+ Poster, Successful Fundraiser, and Gay Baseball Player

A variety of short news items on topics of Catholic LGBTQ interest. Click the links to learn more.  Read More

“Intrinsically Disordered”: How We Got There, Why It Matters, and What We Should Do About It

The Roman Catholic Church uses the terminology "intrinsic, objective disorder" to describe lesbian and gay sexuality, but more and more Catholics are speaking out about the harm that such language causes. How did we get strapped with such terminology and what can we do about it? Read More

The Best Catholic LGBT News Events of 2017

As we close out 2017, here's our readers' picks for the best Catholic LGBT news of the past 12 months. Read More

Seminary Cancels Fr. Martin’s Talk Due to Criticism of His LGBT Book

The following is a statement by Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry, in response... Read More