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Same-Sex Catholic Couples and the Common Good: Do We Belong?

By affirming that gay and lesbian people have a right to be included in the family, while at the same time affirming the possibility of legal recognition for same-sex couples, Pope Francis has opened space for thinking of us and our relationships at the very center of the family and the common good. Read More

In Civil Unions Support, Pope Francis Avoids Judgement Many Seek, Leaves Catholics to Discern

Journalist and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh has offered his opinion about how to interpret Pope Francis' remarks supportive of same-gender civil unions, namely that the pope has once again refrained from judging and left the faithful to discern how to proceed. Read More

Theologian Suggests Papal Civil Union Support May Lead to Church Blessings

A theologian has suggested that after Pope Francis endorsed civil unions, the church cannot deny any longer blessings to same-gender couples. Meanwhile, some bishops, episcopal conferences, and priests continue taking a more negative approach. Read More

Does Pope Francis’ Civil Union Support “Ring Hollow” or Is It a “Significant Step”?

Commentaries on Pope Francis' remarks last month that reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions have continued to be published. Today's post features a handful of them with links provided for further reading. Read More

Archbishop Responding to Pope’s Civil Union Support: It Begins with the Human Person

A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope's support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis' approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly. Read More

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

Yayo Grassi, Gay Friend of Pope, Says Francis’ Support for Civil Unions A “Seismic Movement”

Yayo Grassi, a gay friend of Pope Francis, said he was "not surprised at all" by news that the pope had reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples, calling it a "seismic movement" in the church. Read More

Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis' recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials' attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything? Read More

What Comes Next After Pope Francis’ Reiterated Support for Civil Unions?

Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis' support have in what comes next? Read More

The Pope Supports LGBTQ Families. Amy Coney Barrett May Not. Now What?

Next Wednesday, right after Election Day in the U.S., the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case centers on the question of whether adoption and foster care providers with religious affiliations can discriminate legally against LGBTQ clients. The implications of an anti-equality ruling could be much broader. Read More