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OPINION: Vatican ban on blessing LGBT couples has backfired

OPINION: Vatican ban on blessing LGBT couples has backfired

The Catholic Church’s ban on priests blessing same-sex unions only showed how LGBT+ Catholics are increasingly loved and accepted by their communities. If the Vatican’s hope in issuing a ban on blessing same-sex couples was to quash the conversation on this topic, then church leaders very much misjudged how Catholics would respond. Waking to the news […]

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

‘My faith has been strengthened by being my true self, despite the church and society’s rejection of LGBT+ people’ Understanding and accepting myself as a lesbian woman in a community of nuns, or religious sisters, stretches over more than 40 years; indeed, it stretches over the more than 80 years of my life! As it […]

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

By Francis DeBernardo Gene and Bill had been partners for more than 50 years when I first heard their story. The two men met and fell in love when they were both 22. Because of the socially oppressive climate, it was not safe to live together as a couple, so they moved in as ‘roommates’. […]

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

(Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday gave a high-profile private audience to a prominent American Jesuit priest, who has been attacked repeatedly by conservative Catholics and media outlets for ministering to homosexuals. By meeting Father James Martin during the morning, when the Pope’s meetings are part of his published schedule, instead of privately in the […]

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

(Reuters) – Human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates urged the Vatican on Friday to issue a clear and unequivocal statement against the criminalisation of homosexuality. The request was made at a Vatican meeting two days after the United Nations said Brunei was violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by […]

New Ways Ministry Members Finally Get VIP Seats To Hear Pope

New Ways Ministry Members Finally Get VIP Seats To Hear Pope

In what would have been unthinkable under the previous Pope Benedict, members of an LGBT religious support group in the US, called New Ways Ministry, were given VIP seats at Pope Francis’ weekly audience yesterday, Wednesday 18th. They had been given the VIP seats by Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, who is in charge of giving out […]