In just-released memoir ‘A Catechism of the Heart: A Jesuit Missioned to the Laity’, Benjamin Brenkert laments order’s betrayal of his dream to be the first openly gay priest in good standing
Archbishop Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki allegedly ordered repercussions after Community attacks on “backward and evasive” Church attitude to debates over celibacy, women, LGBT people
The president-elect “has given us reason to believe that he will support policies… against values we hold dear as Catholics”, alerts USCCB head José Gomez
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”
Father Tomáš Halík laments more and more believers falling prey to “dead religion” of “fundamentalism and bigotry”
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”
“No matter how you look at it, this dismissal does not sound like the Gospel, but quite the opposite: exclusion, intolerance and discrimination”, they decry
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”
In new interview, Francis acknowledges “undeniable” fact of mismanagement of Holy See finances, reaffirms desire to clean house: “The plan is simple: to keep going and not stop”
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”
Pontiff also endorses same-gender civil unions in new film ‘Francesco’: “Homosexuals are children of God and have a right to a family”
“As a Church we have done a great job in making sure that homosexual people never even have the idea of turning to a priest”, laments Dresden cleric Christoph Behrens
Pope’s call for equal rights in society for men and women sounds “hollow and brittle” in the absence of gender equality in the Church, denounce nun, academic, youth leader and theologian in training
Scholar John Wijngaards clears up Novena concerns of cissexism in his new book ‘What they don’t teach you in Catholic college. Women in the priesthood and the mind of Christ’
“The proposed solution of ‘fraternity’ as an antidote to inequality simply does not get to the root of gender injustice”, decries Women’s Ordination Conference
Renowned Scripture scholar John Wijngaards sets out the definitive case for female priests in a brilliant and accessible new book
A German priest has gone viral with a sermon backing the ordination of women and the blessing of gay couples and blasting Catholic “bouncers”.
Young theologians are denouncing discrimination in the Church, asking “how could a loving God want that?”.
In 2012 Fr Tony Flannery was punished by the C.D.F. for publishing articles about the ordination of women, the priesthood and LGBTQ+ people. Since then he has been removed from public ministry.
A former Irish president has blasted the “self-serving… little old men” running the Church, warning them “people are walking away” from Catholicism “in droves”.
As Catholics working together for a renewed Church, we stand proudly in solidarity with Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery in the face of continued threats and bullying from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) over his support for women’s ordination and the full dignity of LGBT+ persons.