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Zacchaeus, the Grumblers and LGBTQ People

Views James Martin, S.J. / October 30, 2022

Of all the Gospel passages that I have found helpful in ministry with LGBTQ people, today’s Gospel—the beautiful story of Zacchaeus—has been the most meaningful for me (Lk 19: 1-10).

In new letter to Outreach, Pope Francis calls Catholics to foster a “culture of encounter”

Views Spanish James Martin, S.J. / August 2, 2022

“I encourage you all to keep working in the culture of encounter, which shortens distances and enriches with differences, in the same manner of Jesus, who made himself close to everyone,” writes Pope Francis.

Our defense of religious liberty must not be used to foster division or target LGBTQ people

Views James Martin, S.J. / July 21, 2022

According to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center, 56 countries, encompassing a significant majority of the world’s people, have severe restrictions on religious freedom.

Last weekend, hundreds gathered in New York for the Outreach conference. Here’s what happened.

Views James Martin, S.J. / June 27, 2022

More than 200 people from all over the United States and Canada, and from foreign nations like the United Kingdom, Italy, Colombia and Uganda, gathered for the first in-person Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference this past weekend in New York City.

Here comes the Outreach 2022 Conference: How to join us online and otherwise

Views James Martin, S.J. / June 23, 2022

Learn more about our 2022 Outreach Conference schedule and how to view livestreams of our keynote addresses.

June: Celebrating the Sacred Heart and celebrating Pride

Views James Martin, S.J. / June 14, 2022

Where would the Sacred Heart be today? It would be poured out in love on these people who seek love and acceptance.

Can Catholics celebrate Pride Month? Yes, and here’s why.

Views James Martin, S.J. / June 1, 2022

It’s important for churches to mark Pride Month and remind our LGBTQ friends that they are welcome in what is, after all, their church, too.

The church and the transgender person

Views James Martin, S.J. / May 17, 2022

What accounts for the Catholic Church’s recent focus on transgender people?

In brief letter, Pope Francis speaks to LGBTQ Catholics

Views James Martin, S.J. / May 9, 2022

On May 5, on behalf of Outreach, I asked Pope Francis if he would be willing to respond to a few of the most common questions that I am asked by LGBTQ Catholics and their families.