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Archdiocese of Salzburg Publishes New Book on Church Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

Austria’s Archdiocese of Salzburg has published a new book which explores the blessings of same-gender unions, an important step towards formal recognition of LGBTQ+ relationships in a country where marriage equality was instituted in 2019.  Read More

Jamie Manson: Lesbian Couple’s Love on Netflix Is “Sacramental in Every Sense”

National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflected on the tension between the timing of "A Secret Love," the Netflix documentary that affirms queer partnerships, and the Catholic Church's exclusion of queer people in the workplace and in marriage. Read More

Let’s Have Gay and Lesbian Couples Lead Catholic Pre-Cana Programs

Catholic same-sex partners might be the ideal leaders of the US Catholic Church’s Pre-Cana programs for straight engaged couples. Why so? Read More

Through Music, Gina Chavez Shares Her Story of Being Queer, Catholic, and Married

Musician Gina Chavez is queer and Catholic, and she wants the world to know her story. Read More

Diocesan Magazine Features Stories of a Married Gay Church Worker and a Sex Therapist

A diocesan magazine in Germany recently featured three perspectives on LGBTQ issues in the church, one from a gay pastoral worker, one from theologian, and one from a sex therapist. Read More

Northern Ireland’s Bishops Seek Government Ban on Priests Celebrating LGBTQ Weddings

Bishops in Northern Ireland have endorsed civil law proposals that would impose a government ban on priests performing same-gender marriages while implementing wide religious exemptions allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people. Read More

Brazilian Priest Suspended from Ministry After Blessing Same-Gender Couple

A priest in Brazil has been suspended from ministry because he blessed a same-gender couple late last year. Read More

Paraguay’s Top Archbishop Says Church Cannot Ignore Reality of LGBTQ Families

Paraguay's top bishop has said all families, including LGBTQ ones, should be welcomed in the church and accompanied to live virtuously. Read More

Largest Swiss Diocese Endorses Civil Marriage Equality, Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

A diocese in Switzerland has endorsed civil marriage equality and religious blessings for same-gender couples, the latest step in the German-speaking church's ongoing progress towards LGBTQ equality. Read More

Beyond Male and Female in the Work/Home Balance Equation

Here at New Ways Ministry, we frequently point out that LGBTQ people offer great gifts to our institutional church.  I was recently reminded that LGBTQ people also offer gifts to another kind of "church" beyond the institutional:  the domestic church, meaning the family home. Read More