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New Ways Ministry Praises Pope Francis For Condemning Persecution of Lesbian/Gay People

New Ways Ministry welcomes Pope Francis' statement condemning the persecution of LGBTQ people. Read More

Pope Francis’ Meeting with Fr. James Martin Rebukes Culture War Bishops, Raises Questions on Inclusion

The private audience between Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin, SJ, reverberated through all sides of the LGBTQ equality debate in the Catholic Church. But beyond a papal affirmation of the latter's LGBTQ ministry, what significance is there to the meeting? Today's post features two commentaries on this question. Read More

How the Synod on the Amazon Could Lead to a More LGBTQ-Inclusive Church

That the Synod on the Amazon now underway will not directly address LGBTQ issues does not mean Catholic advocates for equality should ignore an ecclesial event that could greatly impact our efforts for equality in the church. Read More

Fr. Martin Shares Trans-Related Letters With Vatican Official Behind Anti-LGBTQ Document

Fr. James Martin, SJ, recently met with officials from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, which released an anti-LGBTQ document earlier this summer. Martin shared with them three letters from people writing about their transgender-related experiences. Read More

Pope Francis Phones Prominent Gay Theologian and Priest James Alison, Restores Him to Ministry

Pope Francis has called a leading gay theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry over his LGBTQ-affirming work, saying the pope gave the theologian "the power of the keys." Read More

Vatican Suspends Sanctions Against Catholic School that Refused to Fire LGBTQ Teacher

The Vatican has suspended sanctions imposed on a Catholic school that refused to fire an LGBTQ employee while the school appeals the decree of the archbishop who requested the firing and imposed the sanctions. 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

LGBTQ-Positive Clerics Among Pope Francis’ List to Create New Cardinals

At least two bishops who previously made LGBTQ-positive comments have been named to the list of clergy that Pope Francis will create as cardinals next month. 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

Frédéric Martel, Author of “In the Closet of the Vatican,” Offers Lengthy Response to Critics

Frédéric Martel, the author of the controversial In the Closet of the Vatican published earlier this year, has responded to critics by saying Catholics do not like the truth and the church is "burning and threatening to collapse." Read More