“If we received a sacrament in order to serve, how then, called to serve, could we say no?”, ask couple, 44 and 42, parents of two children
New justice’s ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia could provide religious organisations with legal cover to discriminate against LGBTQ people… but there’s even more than that at stake
“Many individual bishops continue to prioritize Catholic sexual teaching against homosexual acts over and above Catholic social teaching and its prohibition against discrimination”
Bishop of Dresden-Meissen Heinrich Timmerevers wonders about “intention” behind Secretariat of State explicatory note, still intends to push ahead with blessings for gay couples
“Though he is not changing moral teaching, he is departing from traditional Catholic rhetoric and offering an inclusive, merciful vision to guide Church practice”
Secretary of State letter to Latin American bishops acknowledges selective editing in new documentary has created “confusion”, but says Francis’ apparent endorsement of gay partnerships refers only to “particular arrangements of the State”
Supporters of Pope’s comments “clericalist”, traditional marriage “common sense”, says Bishops’ spokesman and auxiliary of Valladolid Luis Argüello
On heterosexual and same-gender unions, in the Church “we have to be able to say that both are right and there’s space for both”, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Academic Martin M. Lintner hails Francis’ “significant step forward” in new documentary: “You cannot demand a legal possibility for something which you reject in and of itself and condemn as sin”
“Were the Pope to put his same-gender civil unions support in an official document, he could remove all doubt as to where he – and the Church – stand”
The pontiff’s remarks in a new documentary are “a way to express what Catholics believe about human dignity in response to new social and political conditions”
Also, ‘We Are Church’ Ireland “warmly welcomes… wonderful news”, “hugely significant step” of Francis’ statement in new documentary: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family… They’re children of God”
Pope Francis has told parents of LGBTIQ+ offspring that “the Lord loves your children just as they are”.
In a new book length interview, Pope Francis has given a sneak peek of his forthcoming third encyclical, railing against the “savage market economy” and “violent social injustice”.
A Maltese LGBTQ Catholic organisation, together with rainbow Catholics around Europe and beyond, have come out in support of two LGBTQ-positive groups – Dignity and Fortunate Families – recently expelled from the Archdiocese of Detroit, in the US, calling the actions of the archbishop there “discriminatory”, “heartless” and “insensitive”.
A nun has deounced the culture in the Church that has “continually failed” to address the “soul murder” of child abuse.
Pope Francis has set up a 1 million euro fund for workers in Rome struggling due to the pandemic, concerned as he said he is “this time of suffering we are living… in addition to sowing pain and worry, is seriously undermining our city’s social fabric”.
Church groups including Caritas Europa and the Salesians of Don Bosco have joined a call to EU institutions for “ambitious” measures to lift 110 million people out of the risk of poverty.
“Today, motherhood is demeaned, because the only growth which interests us is economic growth”, Pope Francis has denounced.
The empty churches during the coronavirus pandemic are a “prophetic” sign of the need for Catholic reform, an Italian missionary has written.
At the start of Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Pope Francis turned his thoughts towards families.
On the occasion of the International Day of Families, Caritas Europa calls on the EU to prioritise the creation of the Child Guarantee and to back it with sufficient funds.
In the Santa Marta Mass on Monday, Pope Francis prayed for families closed up in their homes because of the pandemic.
The founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio has called for the regularisation of ‘illegal’ migrants in the domestic services sector in the context of COVID-19.