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Theologians Miguel Diaz, Mary Hunt Speak of Liberation and Hope

Earlier this summer, DignityUSA celebrated its 50th anniversary with a national conference in Chicago. The organization has since posted the keynote addresses from theologians Fr. Bryan Massingale, Miguel Diaz, and Mary Hunt. Today's post features selections from the latter two addresses. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis Says Fair Criticism Is “Always Well Received”

Responding to a journalist's question, Pope Francis said criticism of him is "always well received." What lessons might the pope's comments on criticism have for LGBTQ advocates and church reformers? Read More

Recent Steps Towards LGBTQ Inclusion Are Signs of Hope for Church

"What would it mean for the institutional church to welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics?" That is the question posed by Fr. James Martin, SJ, in a new column for America where he shares three recent steps towards inclusion. Read More

Review: New Book on Sin in the Catholic Church Has Lessons for LGBTQ Catholics

Today’s post is from guest blogger Jason Steidl who reviews "Stumbling in Holiness," a new book on sin and sanctity in the church by theologian Brian Flanagan, and shares its implications for LGBTQ and Ally Catholics. Read More

German Bishop Reaffirms His Request for Church Blessings and Civil Partnerships for Same-Gender Couples

A German bishop has reiterated his support blessing same-gender couples and the need for civil recognition of such relationships, too, saying the hierarchy must reconsider its teachings on homosexuality in light of contemporary science. Read More

In First for Colombia, Both Names of Lesbian Mothers Listed on Child’s Baptismal Certificate

A lesbian couple in Colombia has had both mothers' names listed on their child's baptismal certificate, which is reportedly a first for the country and a move which the archdiocese is now defending. Read More

Two Months Later, Conversation Still Continues Over Vatican’s Latest Document on Gender

It has been two months since the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education published the transgender- and intersex-negative document, Male and Female He Created Them. LGBTQ advocates and many theologians were quick to denounce the text, and a number of responses have been subsequently published. Today's post excerpts several commentaries with links provided for further reading. Read More

Advocates Gather for Global Forum on the State of LGBTQI Catholic Affairs

LGBTQI advocates from around the world gathered in Chicago last week for the third assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a conference which ended with a daylong forum on the state of LGBTQI Catholic affairs. Read More

Catholics Must Stop Trump’s Misuse of Natural Law Theory Against LGBTQ Equality

The Trump administration announced earlier this spring that it was launching an advisory board on human rights to be grounded in natural law. The natural law tradition has been used theologically by Catholics for centuries, often to the detriment of marginalized groups. How should Catholics respond to this move that could potentially imperil LGBTQ equality worldwide? Read More

Thousands of German Religious Educators Call for Rethinking of Church Teachings on Sexuality

Ahead of the German church's upcoming synodal process, an organization representing thousands of religious educators in Germany has called for the Catholic Church to reconsider its teachings on sexual morality, more specifically on homosexuality. Read More