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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

Fired Church Worker Settles with Catholic School, Sues Archdiocese for Discrimination

A gay church worker has settled with the Catholic school which fired him over his same-gender marriage, but the worker is still suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. News also broke that the church worker is husband to a gay church worker which a nearby Catholic school refused to fire. Read More

Pope Francis on LGBT People: “If we were convinced that they are children of God, things would change a lot.”

Pope Francis has again commented on homosexuality, again clarifying in a recent interview that he does not believe lesbian and gay youth need psychiatrists and saying he is a "conservative" who believes it is "an incongruity to speak of homosexual marriage." Read More

Nun’s Decision to Follow “Gospel Commandment of Love” Leads to LGBTQ-Inclusive Policy at Top Catholic School

The former head of a well-regarded Catholic school has explained that "the Gospel commandment of love" was what persuaded her to allow same-gender union announcements in the school's alumnae magazine. Read More

German Diocese Begins Discussions of Blessing Same-Gender Relationships

A German bishop has begun a process to discuss blessings for people in relationships that cannot be married in the Catholic Church, including same-gender couples. Read More

Top French Priest: There Is “Something of God Speaking” in LGBTQ Relationships

A top Church official in France has said there is "something of God speaking" in same-gender relationships, and encouraged LGBTQ Catholics to remain in the Church to help it progress towards greater inclusion. Read More

Austrian Cardinal Defends Civil Marriage Equality, Affirms Goodness in Lesbian/Gay Relationships

Austria's top church official has defended civil marriage equality and affirmed there can be goodness in same-gender relationships, though maintained that the Church's understanding of marriage remains heteronormative. Read More

Second Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Indianapolis Catholic High School

A Catholic high school in Indianapolis is facing its second anti-LGBT discrimination complaint after a fired church worker's filing with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this month. Read More

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