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Ahead of Vatican Summit, The New York Times Publishes Major Article on Gay Priests

The New York Times published a major feature on gay priests earlier this week, the latest in a series of media stories on the topic about which there is renewed interest due to the scapegoating of these men for the clergy sex abuse scandal. Read More

Excerpt from “Inside the Closet of the Vatican” Released Ahead of Book Launch

Ahead of its publication, the National Catholic Reporter released an excerpt from the book "Inside the Closet of the Vatican" by Frédéric Martel. Read More

New Book on Homosexuality at the Vatican Concerns Advocates for Gay Priests

A new book on homosexuality and the Vatican is being released this week, one which includes the claim, among several controversial assertions, that 80 percent of priests at the Vatican are gay. Read More

Vatican’s Moral Shift on Hysterectomies Shows Way Forward on LGBT Issues

A new pronouncement from the Vatican which expands the grounds upon which a hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the uterus, is morally licit could have implications for LGBT issues. Read More

Jamie Manson Castigates Vatican for Harmful Language About Gay Priests

Jamie Manson, a noted queer columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, has entered anew the debate over gay men in the priesthood (reinvigorated after Pope Francis' most recent comments on the issue) with a striking critique of the language and the ideas church leaders use against gay priests. Read More

After Papal Comment, Renewed Debate on Whether a “Gay Lobby” Exists in the Clergy

Pope Francis' recent comment about gay priests has reinvigorated the back and forth about whether gay men should be ordained and what role such priests may or may not have played in the Church's sexual misconduct scandal. Read More

In Vatican Reversal, Gay-Positive Priest Granted Permission to Lead German University

A German priest has been granted Vatican permission to assume a university leadership to which he was elected earlier this year after, permission which first had been withheld over the priest's views on homosexuality and women. Read More

Pro-LGBT Catholics Are Disappointed and Hopeful After Synod on Youth

Many reactions and commentaries on the Synod of Youth have appeared since the gathering's conclusion just over a week ago, many of which touch on LGBT issues. Today's post highlights some notable pieces from LGBT-positive voices with links provided for further reading; tomorrow's post will examine how LGBT-negative Catholics are reacting. Read More

Vatican Withholds Approval for German Priest, Potentially Over His Support for LGBT People

A German priest elected to university leadership has yet to receive necessary approval from the Vatican that would allow him to assume the rectorship. Observers speculate this withholding might be caused by the priest's progressive views on LGBT issues. Read More

Would St. Oscar Romero Use the Term “LGBT” and Recognize a Queer Couple’s Love?

His cause stalled for nearly four decades, the institutional church finally recognized yesterday what the people of God have known all along: Monseñor Oscar Romero is a saint! With the Synod on Youth underway in Rome, I suggest here that this newly-canonized, but longtime saint can lead us forward towards LGBT liberation. Read More