The Ups and Downs of LGBT Issues in the Age of Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ election in 2013 prompted a new conversation on LGBT issues in the Catholic Church, one which has sometimes been challenging to keep pace with given its many developments. That is why, at different intervals, Catholics have paused to take stock of…

Court: Church Legally Justified in Firing of Gay Church Worker in Chicago

In a ruling released last week, a federal judge has said a Catholic parish was legally justified in firing a gay church worker. The Washington Blade reported: “In a seven-page decision, U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras determined Tuesday the Holy Family…

Fired N.C. Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

U.S. federal court will be the venue for the latest employment suit brought by an LGBT person against a Catholic institution. Lonnie Billard, who in 2014 was fired from his job as an English and drama teacher at Charlotte Catholic…

New Guidelines Ban LGBT People from Parish Ministries

In new guidelines, Philadelphia’s archbishop has banned people in same-gender relationships from pastoral or liturgical roles. Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines are a response to Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on family, and the synodal process preceding the exhortation’s April publication. The guidelines,…

U.S. Bishops’ Working Group May Dull “Amoris Laetitia” Impact

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will head a working group tasked with “furthering the reception and implementation” of Amoris Laetitia in the United States. Given the archbishop and other members’ notable LGBT-negative records, what may be the impact of this working group? Archbishop Joseph…

LGBT Pilgrims Reflect on World Meeting of Families; Others Question Meeting’s Impact

As a busy fall for Catholic LGBT advocates winds down, its time for reflecting about what happened–and forecasting what might come. This post focuses in on World Meeting of Families (WMF) and Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. as they related to LGBT issues,…