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German Catholic Church welcomes Vatican decree to bless same-sex couples, though some wish it went further
December 19, 2023
The Vatican’s decision to authorize the blessing of homosexual and remarried couples has triggered mixed reactions.
Pope Francis’ same-sex blessings declaration is a major step forward for LGBTQ Catholics
James Martin, S.J.
December 18, 2023
Some L.G.B.T.Q. people may say this declaration doesn’t go far enough. Others will think it goes too far. Both groups, however, can agree that this is a significant change, Father James Martin writes.
Pope Francis allows blessings of couples in same-sex relationships
December 18, 2023
In a new Vatican document, Pope Francis opened the door for ‘blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples.’
Arts & Culture
Review: In ‘Maestro,’ we see the complexity in Leonard Bernstein’s music, marriage and sexuality
December 07, 2023
Bradley Cooper's new Leonard Bernstein biopic, "Maestro," offers a portrait of a soul that struggled to determine which direction it wanted to take in the world of classical music.
Pope Francis’ unexpected friendship with a group of trans women
Nicole Winfield - Associated PressTrisha Thomas - Associated Press
November 20, 2023
Pope Francis’ welcoming of transgender Catholics has transformed a community of trans women who have found hope through friendship with Francis.
The trouble with ‘gender ideology’
November 16, 2023
Can we learn to see gender in its real complexity?
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