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Leader of German Bishops Calls for Marriage Equality Debate in the Church

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode has said: "I'm concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although 'marriage for all' differs clearly from the church's concept of marriage, it's now a political reality." Read More

NEWS NOTES: Gay Priest’s Coming Out Makes International Headlines, Survey Shows Catholics’ Support for Conscience, and More!

The story of a Wisconsin priest who came out as gay last month made international headlines, including coverage in The New York Times and in publications from Nigeria and England. For more Catholic LGBT updates, read today's post. Read More

Archbishop: 2017 a ‘Horrible Year’ Due to Marriage Equality

In a final note about 2017, an Australian archbishop has said the year was an "annus horibilis" or horrible year due, in part, to marriage equality's passage in that country. But where he sees horror, I see much hope. Read More

After Australia Passes Marriage Equality, Priest Says He Would Be Glad to Marry Gay Couples

A week ago, Australian legislators passed a marriage equality law following the nation's non-binding postal survey this fall and years of debate. A Catholic priest has since expressed his desire to celebrate a same-gender couple's wedding amid more muted reactions from church leaders. Read More

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