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Pope Francis’ Theology of Family and Marriage Shows His Support for Civil Unions

What springs to mind when you hear the word “family”? If it’s vulnerability, humility, fidelity, unconditional love, selflessness, mutual support and respect, teaming up with others to support the community, and a welcome to children (in particular those with special needs) and LGBTQ members—and if it comes in many shapes and sizes, including same-sex couples—you have a highly placed ally in the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. Read More

LGBTQ Catholics’ Reactions to Pope Francis’ Support for Civil Unions Are Mixed Bag

Today's post highlights the voices of LGBTQ Catholics, who have had mixed reactions to the pope's words, with almost everyone agreeing that Francis needs to go further. Excerpts are provided here, but you can use the links to read further. Read More

My Gay, Catholic Wedding (And Other Times I Recognize Myself in the Bible)

We knew that getting married as two gay, Catholic women in the deeply red state of South Dakota, especially when we were determined to have a Catholic liturgy, would be complicated. That is why, despite vastly different contexts, I see myself in today’s parable when it comes to my gay, Catholic wedding during COVID-19. Read More

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