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Fr. James Martin to Youth Synod: Use “LGBT” Language, Affirm Lesbian/Gay Couples as Family

Reports from the Synod on Youth indicate that LGBT issues are being raised in at least two ways: whether to use the term "LGBT" in a church document and whether to refer to same-gender couples and their children as "families." Read More

Catholic Charities Employees Protest Bishop’s Decision to End Adoption Services Over LGBT Non-Discrimination

Employees at Catholic Charities in Buffalo are protesting their local bishop's decision to end the agency's adoption and foster care services over anti-LGBT non-discrimination protections, a controversy erupting just as that same bishop faces increasing calls for resignation over his handling of abusive priests. Read More

Tech Company Withdraws from World Meeting of Families, Prompting Calls for More Withdrawals

A technology company has withdrawn its participation in the World Meeting of Families (WMF) over the exclusion of LGBT groups, prompting calls for other organizations to do likewise as the event gets underway. Read More

Marriage Counseling Service Backed by Irish Bishops to Welcome LGBT Couples

A marriage counseling program run by Ireland's bishops will now provide services to same-gender couples. Read More

City of Philadelphia Investigating Catholic Social Service Agency for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The city of Philadelphia has suspended its partnership with a Catholic organization providing foster care services because the church-affiliated organization seemingly discriminates against LGBT people. Read More

Irish Officials Seek Inclusive World Meeting of Families, But Who Defines Inclusion?

As preparations for the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF) press on, Irish officials continue to insist that the event be fully inclusive for all families, including LGBT ones. But a cardinal's remark shows the potential rupture between how inclusion is being understood. Read More

Bishop Censored for Acknowledging the Reality That LGBT Families Exist

A bishop's recognition of lesbian and gay relationships have been removed from a video produced in anticipation of the 2018 World Meeting of Families scheduled for this August.  Read More

Lesbian Softball Coach’s Forced Resignation Reveals Contradiction at Catholic School

A church worker in Michigan has been forced to resign after her Catholic employer and the local diocese expressed concern about the worker's upcoming same-gender marriage. Read More

In Midst of Debate, Austrian Parishes Bless Same-Gender Couples’ Love

Amid debates over whether the Church should bless same-gender couples, two parishes in Austria have already begun doing so alongside the blessing heterosexual couples received for Valentine's Day. Read More

Lesbian Teacher Fired by Catholic School Over Her Same-Gender Marriage

A lesbian educator was fired for entering a same-gender marriage, the second such firing to become public in the past week and evidence that discrimination in Catholic institutions is still very much present. Read More