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Church Leaders Can Learn Much from Apology of Jesuit Refugee Service UK Head

A former Catholic member of parliament in the United Kingdom, who now heads the Jesuit Refugee Service there, has apologized for voting against marriage equality in the past. Read More

Indonesian Priest Apologizes After Expressing Support for Marriage Equality in Church

A priest in Indonesia who suggested there could be marriage equality in the church has now apologized for his comments, which prompted a controversy that one analyst wrote is a positive sign. Read More

Catholic Bishops Help Stop LGBTQ Rights Initiatives in Chile, Korea, and Belize

Bishops in Chile have expressed their opposition to a surprise proposal by the nation's president to pass marriage equality, though signaled support for civil union-style legislation. Meanwhile, there are developments in Korea and Italy in how church leaders have responded to LGBTQ civil rights. Read More

Indonesian Priest Says Catholic Church Recognizing Same-Gender Marriages “Is Possible”

Recognizing same-gender marriages in the Catholic Church is entirely possibly an Indonesian priest has said, prompting mixed reactions in the country. Read More

Switzerland Passes Marriage Equality Over Bishops’ Objections on “Rights of Children”

Legislators in Switzerland legalized marriage equality despite opposition from the Catholic bishops, and also approved changes to ease government record changes for transgender and intersex people. Read More

Mexican Cardinal Endorses Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Family Inclusion of LGBTQ Members

A leading bishop in Mexico has spoken favorably about Pope Francis' support for same-gender civil unions and call for families not to exclude LGBTQ members. Read More

Archbishop Responding to Pope’s Civil Union Support: It Begins with the Human Person

A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope's support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis' approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly. Read More

Yayo Grassi, Gay Friend of Pope, Says Francis’ Support for Civil Unions A “Seismic Movement”

Yayo Grassi, a gay friend of Pope Francis, said he was "not surprised at all" by news that the pope had reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples, calling it a "seismic movement" in the church. Read More

Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis' recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials' attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything? Read More

What Comes Next After Pope Francis’ Reiterated Support for Civil Unions?

Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis' support have in what comes next? Read More