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Married Gay Couple Preaches at Mass About the Miracles of Parenting and Their Parish

Parishioners at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago gathered for Mass on Father’s Day weekend listened as two married gay men offered a reflection at Mass together. Read More

Franciscan Healthcare System to Deny Fertility Treatments to Most LGBTQ+ Employees

A hospital system run by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Illinois will begin covering fertility treatments in their employees’ health plans only to people in heterosexual marriages. Read More

Archbishop Wester Encourages Baptism for Children of LGBTQ+ Parents

A U.S. archbishop has encouraged pastors to baptize the children of LGBTQ+ parents, including those in same-gender relationships. Read More

USCCB Drops Opposition to Catholic Agencies Serving Single LGBTQ Foster Parents

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has granted an exception for an unmarried lesbian applicant to serve as a foster parent through a program administered by a Catholic organization. Read More

Catholic Mother with Transgender Child Writes on Fears of Returning to Church

A Catholic parent of a transgender person is hesitant about stepping back into her parish after shifting to virtual services during the pandemic. Read More

In New Book, Catholics Parents of Lesbian/Gay Children Tell Their Stories of Faith and Love

The English edition of a book by Catholic parents in Italy who have lesbian and gay children has been released, coming days after Pope Francis encouraged such parents to accompany, not condemn their children. Read More

Pope Francis Tells Parents of LGBTQ Children: “Never Condemn a Child”

Pope Francis has made supportive remarks for parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer children, saying further that the parents must not condemn their children. Read More

An LGBTQ Lens on Pope Francis’ Contentious Remarks About Parenting and Pets

Many observers criticized the pope for his take on parenting and pets, including theologian Lisa Fullam, a Bondings 2.0 contributor who also happens to be a veterinarian. Read More

Stuck on Sex: Rethinking Parenthood Beyond the Sex-First Paradigm

While I don’t find the legal arguments particularly exciting, what does fascinate me is how little the arguments in this case had to do with the actual work of parenting. Read More

How a Son and Daughter Responded to a Gay Dad Coming Out

On this Father’s Day, some 34 years after the death of my own father, I reflect on my two amazing children, who were the best enablers I could hope for when I came out as a gay man. Read More