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LGBTQ Catholics recall moments of faith, joy and pride

NewsViews Michael J. O’Loughlin / June 25, 2024

Earlier this month, Outreach asked LGBTQ Catholics to share 100-word essays about a moment when they felt proud to be part of the church. And our community responded thoughtfully.

Pope Francis reportedly used a homophobic slur. What now for LGBTQ Catholics?

Breaking NewsViews Michael J. O’Loughlin / May 28, 2024

Even though Francis has repeatedly upheld the church’s official ban on gay men entering seminaries, the remarks seem to be at odds with the pope’s welcoming gestures to the LGBTQ Catholic community—including to gay priests

Mass for LGBTQ Catholics met with protesters in St. Louis

NewsViews Michael J. O’Loughlin / April 26, 2024

Conference organizers say that they still do not know who was responsible for the protest inside the church. A liturgical minister discovered that the group had left incendiary pamphlets in the pews.

Vatican condemnation of “gender theory” a moment of whiplash for LGBTQ Catholics

NewsViews Michael J. O’Loughlin / April 8, 2024

The document, which has been in the works for the past five years, cites other popes and Vatican documents, but also tries to synthesize the thoughts of Pope Francis.

My Catholic faith was enriched by the stories of LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis

Views Michael J. O’Loughlin / November 30, 2023

My own journey as a gay man living out my faith in the Catholic Church has been bolstered by the opportunity to learn this history from the people who lived it.

What would it mean for the church to bless same-sex couples?

Views Michael J. O’Loughlin / October 9, 2023

When Catholic same-sex couples seek a blessing from a priest—and this already happens, regardless of Rome’s rules—it often flows from a deep faith in God.

Catholic Pride month events face increasing backlash
News Michael J. O’Loughlin / June 13, 2023

Who are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and why does a real Catholic sister see them as kindred spirits?

Views Michael J. O’Loughlin / May 25, 2023

Critics of drag, of which there have been many in recent years, often fail to appreciate how the artform uses humor to poke fun at those who hold power, especially those who wield that power to hurt marginalized groups.

A gay Catholic hopes a murdered bishop is remembered for his kind words

Views Michael J. O’Loughlin / May 23, 2023

“Maybe people will recognize that this man was, I believe, a saint walking among us.”

LGBTQ Catholics hail Pope Francis’ welcome, but hope for change

Views Michael J. O’Loughlin / March 9, 2023

While many L.G.B.T. Catholics have welcomed Pope Francis’ emphasis on inclusion and welcome, they hope for future changes in policies and rhetoric around L.G.B.T. issues in the church.