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“The Atmosphere Has Changed”: Belgium’s Bishops Discuss Queer Blessings at Vatican

In a few months, as the world marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, there are certain to be many commentaries about what has and has not changed in the church this pontificate. For LGBTQ+ advocates, however, an indication of just how much progress has been attained happened late last year—and offers a prompt to keep pursuing equality in 2023. Read More

Vatican’s Latest Synod Document Recognizes LGBTQ+ People as Pressing Pastoral Issue

The Vatican released the latest working document for the Synod on Synodality yesterday, which included LGBTQ+ issues at two points. The document is a signal for LGBTQ+ Catholics and allies to keep participating in the synodal process. Read More

Ignoring Vatican Ban, Bishops in Belgium Release Liturgy to Bless LGBTQ Couples

The Flemish bishops have released a new liturgy to bless same-gender couples, citing Amoris Laetitia in doing so and defying directly the Vatican's 2021 ban on such liturgies. Read More

As Global Synod Progresses, LGBTQ+ Inclusion a Prominent Issue in National Reports

Today's post highlights LGBTQ-related findings from the national syntheses submitted to the Vatican for the Synod on Synodality.  Read More

Church’s Homosexuality Teaching Needs “Clear Adjustment,” Writes German Lay Leader

The head of Germany's largest lay association has written that the church needs a "clear adjustment" in its teachings on homosexuality, coming the same week the Vatican issued further criticism of that nation's Synodal Way process. Read More

Transgender Woman Calls Meeting with Pope Francis an “Important Message” for Pride

Pope Francis has met with a group of transgender women this month, one of whom remarked on how the encounter was an "important message" during Pride. Read More

Papal Appointments of LGBTQ-Positive Bishops Is Evidence of Shift in Church

Appointments by Pope Francis made this week continue enforcing the idea that winds in the church have shifted and being an LGBTQ-positive church leader is no longer a barrier to leadership. Read More

Vatican’s Synod Office Makes LGBTQ Issues Focus of Latest Newsletter

The Synod office at the Vatican has featured LGBTQ issues, including stories about same-gender couples, in the latest edition of its newsletter. Read More

In Historic First, Leader of Vatican’s Synod Office Addresses LGBTQ Audience

In an historic first, a Vatican official spoke to an audience of LGBTQ Catholics this past Sunday, encouraging them to participate in the synodal process while also learning about their experiences. Read More

New Document on Catholic Schools Mixed On Question of LGBTQ Employment Disputes

The Congregation for Catholic Education has released a new document on Catholic identity that could impact how LGBTQ issues, particularly related to employment, are addressed. Read More