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Theologian: Vatican’s Nativity Scene Signals Church with a Future

Against its many critics, theologian Brian Flanagan writes a defense of the Vatican's 2020 Nativity scene that has lessons for LGBTQ Catholics and allies, too. Read More

Theologians Call on Church to Abandon Resistance to Transgender, Intersex People

Two well-known U.S. Catholic theologians have called on the church to abandon its ill-informed discrimination against transgender and intersex people, and to choose instead to imitate Christ by welcoming and affirming them. Read More

In Wake of McCarrick, Catholic Recalls John Paul II’s “Heartless Legacy” on LGBTQ People

The Vatican's report on ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick's pattern of abuse and the clerical culture that allowed it has renewed discussion on the legacy of Pope John Paul II and, more specifically, on his canonization as a saint. One Catholic has raised LGBTQ-related concerns, too, among the others. Read More

In Civil Unions Support, Pope Francis Avoids Judgement Many Seek, Leaves Catholics to Discern

Journalist and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh has offered his opinion about how to interpret Pope Francis' remarks supportive of same-gender civil unions, namely that the pope has once again refrained from judging and left the faithful to discern how to proceed. Read More

Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis' recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials' attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything? Read More

Controversies Swirl Around Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, But Is There Really Much There?

Since news broke that a new documentary showed Pope Francis reiterating his support for same-gender civil unions, in this instance for the first time as pope, there have been controversies about what he actually meant and the film itself. Read More

New Ways Ministry Praises Three of Pope Francis’ Cardinal Choices

The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, in response to Pope Francis naming 13 new cardinals to be created in a November 28, 2020 consistory. Read More

The Good and the Bad of Pope Francis’ Support for Civil Unions

Theologian Lisa Fullam writes, "Pope Francis’ recent statement supporting civil unions for lesbian and gay couples is, I think, good news and bad news." Read More

Sr. Jeannine Gramick Says Fr. Tony Flannery’s Refusal to Sign Vatican Oaths Shows “Real Love” for Church

In today's post from Sr. Jeannine Gramick, she writes about how Fr. Tony Flannery's refusal to sign Vatican oaths on women's leadership and on LGBTQ equality actually "shows a real love for this Church." Read More

Revisiting Vatican’s LGBTQ-Negative Gender Document on First Anniversary of Its Publication

One year ago today, the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education published a document on gender that was roundly criticized by LGBTQ advocates for its negative approach. Today's post on the anniversary features a perspective from the intersection of faith and science. Read More