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Austrian Cardinal Criticizes Court’s Legalization of Marriage Equality

An Austrian Catholic cardinal who has often been outspoken in defense of lesbian and gay people has criticized his nation's recent high court decision which allows for same-gender couples to marry. What does this latest marriage equality victory teach us about Catholic leaders' responses to these issues? Read More

Archbishop Claims the Result of Australia’s Marriage Equality Survey Are Wrong

Despite majority support for marriage equality, an Australian bishop is claiming the results of the nation's recent postal survey are not correct and that Australians actually oppose marriage equality. But rather than re-hash the vote, many Australians are looking to move forward as the nation's legislators advance a potential law. Read More

Australian Catholics Welcome “Yes” Victory in Marriage Equality Survey

Australian Catholics are celebrating a "Yes" victory in the nation's postal survey on marriage equality, the results of which were released yesterday. But there is also a new focus on healing after a very harmful, and in many people's opinion unnecessary, process that did not actually legalize marriage equality. Read More

As Australian Vote Concludes, Catholics Should ‘Vote Yes’ on Reconciliation and the Common Good

Yesterday was the final day for Australians to submit ballots in the nation's postal survey over marriage equality, a debate in which Catholics have been heavily involved. With the results to be announced in less than two weeks, it is time for Catholics to consider what comes next. Read More

NEWS NOTES: Transgender Jesus Play Banned, Celebrating Pride in Malta, and More

Pride celebrations last month were particularly joyful in Malta where same-gender marriages had become legalized September 1, 2017. Other news items concern an adoption lawsuit involving Catholic Charities and a banned play about transgender Jesus. Read more... Read More

Diocese: Pastors Can Deny Funerals to Married Lesbian and Gay Catholics

A second bishop in the U.S. has suggested Catholic funerals be denied to people in same-gender civil marriages, going so far as to suggest the deceased be remembered without being named at all. . . Read More

Gay Couples’ Love is “Like the Love of Friends,” Says Australian Bishop

An Australian bishop has said same-gender couples' love is "like the love of friends" and compared their relationships to incestual relationship, all while weighing in as the nation's postal survey on marriage equality that continues through early November. . . Read More

Firing LGBT Church Workers Imperils Catholic Credibility, Says Jesuit Priest

If Australians end up legalizing marriage equality, such a victory might actually increase the risk... Read More

Students Resist Catholic School’s Anti-Marriage Equality Program

Students and parents at an Australian Catholic school have resisted administrators’ decision to host a... Read More

Catholic School Leaders Urge Discernment on Marriage Equality Issue

Leaders at two Jesuit-run Catholic schools in Australia have urged discernment over the issue of... Read More