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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against LGBTQ+ Church Worker in Discrimination Lawsuit

A U.S. federal appeals court in Indiana has ruled against a former employee at a Catholic high school fired over her same-gender marriage who had filed a discrimination lawsuit. Read More

For Fourth Time, Pope Francis Meets with Transgender Community at Roman Parish

Pope Francis has met with another group of transgender people who have been cared for by a parish church in Rome. Read More

Paulist Fathers Expelled from Newman Center as New Bishop Shifts LGBTQ+ Approach

Paulist priests who have long headed ministry at The Ohio State University’s Catholic Newman Center have been removed by a newly-appointed bishop. It was a surprise move that some believe signals a more conservative approach to LGBTQ+ issues in the diocese, such as when the words "All Are Welcome" were removed from the Center's signage. Read More

Questions Remain After U.S. Bishops Allows Single Lesbian to Serve as Foster Parent 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) conceded a legal case in early July by allowing a single lesbian to serve as a foster parent after several months of litigation. While LGBTQ+ advocates and the foster parent are both excited with the result, questions remain as to whether the concession signals a wider inclusion of LGBTQ+ foster and adoptive parents at Catholic agencies or is a singular exception made under legal pressure. Read More

Are We Kindling a Fire or Burning a Bridge?

We need to share the flame with our neighbors, not to burn them but to kindle their own fire. Taper to taper, person to person Read More

Priest in Lebanon Praises Anti-LGBTQ Government Repression; And More News

Today's post features news about a Lebanese priest who praised anti-LGBTQ protests, an archbishop who cancelled Confirmation Mass plans over Pride, and more stories. Read More

Bishop Stowe Questions Catholics Who Will “Bless Armaments But Not Some Couples”

At celebrations of Pax Christi USA's 50th anniversary last weekend, LGBTQ+ inclusion was on the agenda, including in Bishop John Stowe's homily where he alluded to a church that will "bless armaments but not some couples." Read More

Catholic Schools in Lafayette Diocese Are Latest to Impose Anti-Transgender Policy

The Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana is implementing a new policy requiring students, parents, faculty, and staff at Catholic schools to wear clothing and use the pronouns of “each person’s God-given sexual identity and biological sex at birth.” Read More

Married Gay Couple Preaches at Mass About the Miracles of Parenting and Their Parish

Parishioners at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago gathered for Mass on Father’s Day weekend listened as two married gay men offered a reflection at Mass together. Read More

Anti-Transgender Laws “Shame and Shun” Stigmatized Youth, Writes Commonweal Editor

New proposed laws that would jeopardize the autonomy of transgender youth serve “ to shame and shun an already stigmatized and often defenseless group of people,” wrote the managing editor of a leading Catholic publication. Read More