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What Does Change in Church’s Death Penalty Teaching Mean for LGBT People?

Church teaching can change While many of us knew this before, we've just received news that is contemporary proof positive. Read More

50 Years Later, Lessons from “Humanae Vitae” Debate Readily Applicable to LGBT Issues

Theologians Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman have written a commentary on "Humanae Vitae's" 50th anniversary which while not explicitly addressing LGBT issues is quite relevant and insightful. Today's post highlights a few key features of their overall argument that Pope Francis has changed the calculus on contraception and invited new conversations that more deeply incorporate human experience in theological ethics. Read More

The Catholic Hierarchy’s Evolution on LGBT Topics

"Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?" That's the intriguing headline on a recent New York Times  op-ed, penned by John Gehring, Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life. Read More

On Eve of Dublin Pride, McAleese Calls Church Teaching on Gay People ‘Evil’

(New Ways Ministry’s response to this news is embedded in this post.  To read the... Read More

Equality in the Church Only Comes When LGBT Communities and Catholic Women Act Together

Unless LGBT equality and gender equality in the Catholic Church occur together, there will be no justice at all, said Jamie Manson in her latest column for the "National Catholic Reporter." Read More

Catholics Object to Pope Francis’ Claim LGBT Families Are Not Real Families

LGBT Catholic groups have reacted strongly against Pope Francis' recent claim that only heterosexual couples and their children constitute a real family, further complicating the pope's record on LGBT issues. Read More

Should Catholics Be Hopeful About Pope Francis’ Latest Remark on LGBT Issues?

Mixed reactions to Pope Francis' most recent LGBT-related comments have continued to be published, including the perspectives of feminist Catholics and some columnists. Read More

Vatican Invites Fr. James Martin to Present on LGBT Issues at World Meeting of Families 2018

The upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF) has invited Fr. James Martin, SJ, to present on welcoming LGBT people in parishes. Read More

After Meeting With Pope Francis, Gay Man Says “I Saw a Compassionate Man”

The gay man to whom Pope Francis said "God made you like this and [God] loves you" has shared more about his conversation with the pope and his own faith life in a recent interview. Read More

Pope Francis: World’s Pastor, Enforcer of Doctrine—or Spiritual Director?

Pope Francis’s declarations on LGBTQ issues have been producing spiritual whiplash. On one hand we have “Who am I to judge?” and “God made you like this. God loves you like this.” On the other, we have a reaffirmation that seminaries should not admit gay men, and no indication that Francis plans to alter basic church teaching on sexuality. How should we understand this complex--or contradictory?--figure? Read More