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U.S. Bishops Opposed Law to Fund Suicide Hotline Over Provisions for LGBTQ Support

The National Catholic Reporter broke news this week that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) lobbied last year against legislation to fund a national suicide hotline because it would also fund LGBTQ-specific care, which is only the latest use of their political weight to stop pro-LGBTQ initiatives. Read More

Bishop John Stowe Endorses Equality Act, Breaking with U.S. Bishops’ Conference

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington has broken with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) by supporting the Equality Act, saying "How can we take a position against equality?" Read More

U.S. Bishops Suggest Equality Act Would Harm Religious People and Mandate Abortions

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a letter against the Equality Act, suggesting the legislation could "inflict numerous legal and social harms" on religious people and "be construed to include an abortion mandate." Read More

USCCB’s Initial Criticism of Biden Reveals Divide in How Bishops Approach Policy

What should Catholic advocates for LGBTQ equality make of the growing divisions among U.S. bishops as Joe Biden assumes the U.S. presidency? Read More

Bishops Applaud New Trump Administration Rule Allowing Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

The U.S. bishops have expressed their appreciation for a new Trump administration rule that would allow federally-funded social service service providers to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Read More

U.S. Bishops Signal Potential “Showdown” with Biden Over Equality Act, Other Issues

Meeting virtually this week, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that the nation's episcopal conference remains deeply conservative. In concluding remarks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) head took aim at President-elect Joe Biden in what one journalist has suggested might become a "showdown" between church leaders and the new administration, in part because of LGBTQ equality. Read More

USCCB Set to Elect New Chair of LGBTQ-Negative Religious Liberty Committee

The United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote for the new chair of the influential Committee for Religious Liberty at their virtual general assembly in November. In addition, the bishops will vote on chairs for seven other committees in the Conference. Read More

U.S. Bishops Laud Trump Administration Allowance of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination at Homeless Shelters

Leaders at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have lauded regulatory changes made by the Trump administration that remove protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in federally-funded housing services, like shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Read More

Is An Obsession with Stopping LGBTQ Equality Preventing Bishops from Saying “Black Lives Matter”?

In recent months, more and more people in the United States and around the world have proclaimed that Black Lives Matter. These three words represent a truth too often buried and a movement for justice too long denied. But notably, bishops in the U.S. have overall been unable to utter these words, and part of their reluctance can be traced to their obsession with stopping LGBTQ rights. Read More

Theologians Condemn U.S. Bishops’ Continued Opposition to LGBTQ Civil Rights

Two Catholic theologians have condemned the U.S. bishops conference's defense of discrimination against the LGBTQ community as scientifically and theologically flawed. Read More