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Michael J. O’Loughlin
The pope and Cardinal McElroy both made statements this week on L.G.B.T. issues, which have until recently not been discussed by church officials.
Ricardo da Silva, S.J.
Pope Francis spoke out against the criminalization of homosexuality, critiqued the use of guns by civilians and admitted to his own mishandling of the sexual abuse crisis in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press.
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.
FaithFaith and Reason
Robert W. McElroy
We must examine the contradictions in a church of inclusion and shared belonging that have been identified by the voices of the people of God in our nation and discern in synodality a pathway for moving beyond them.
A sign illustrates men's and women's restrooms.
Maria Wiering - OSV News
New guidance and policies on ministering to people experiencing gender dysphoria released Jan. 16 by the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, call for compassion and coherence with the church’s teaching on gender and identity.
President Joe Biden holds up his pen after signing 8nto law the Respect for Marriage Act, a landmark bill protecting same-sex marriage, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington Dec. 13, 2022. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Robert David Sullivan
The Respect for Marriage Act upholds a principle that most Americans can agree on: We are not going back to the 1950s.