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Watch: Juan Carlos Cruz talks his friendship with Pope Francis


In his keynote address at this year’s Outreach conference, Cruz, a gay Catholic and valued confidant of Pope Francis, spoke of the pontiff’s closeness to LGBTQ people. Recorded at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York City.

How not to focus on the negative, even when life is discouraging

ArticleBook James Martin, S.J.

Reflecting on the Raising of Lazarus, from John’s Gospel (11:1-44), can offer all of us, not just LGBTQ people, some clues in how to move away from the focusing on the negative.

How Catholic campus ministry programs can create havens for LGBTQ students

Article Jennifer Farrell

Catholic schools with campus ministry programs have a unique opportunity to uphold the life and dignity of all students, particularly those on the margins. The following suggestions will improve your campus ministry programs and affirm the life and dignity of all people, particularly LGBTQ teens.

Five things LGBTQ Catholics need to know about the Synod

Article James Martin, S.J.

This is the 16th such gathering since Pope St. Paul VI reinstituted the synod, an ancient form of ecclesial consultation, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.

Father James Martin: God calls to us, even to the parts we think are “rotten”

ArticleBook James Martin, S.J.

In an excerpt from his new book, “Come Forth: The Promise of Jesus’s Greatest Miracle,” Outreach editor James Martin, S.J., writes that God embraces even the shameful parts of our lives.

“Dear Alana” tells the “heartbreaking” story of an LGBTQ Catholic hurt by conversion therapy

ArticlePodcast Grace Doerfler

The podcast, detailing the suicide of a young Catholic woman who’d undergone conversion therapy, delicately portrays both the tragedy of a young woman’s life cut short and the culture of a church in which she felt unable to survive.

Father James Martin: Jesus’s greatest miracle and LGBTQ people

ArticleBook James Martin, S.J.

In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, “Come Forth: The Promise of Jesus’s Greatest Miracle,” author James Martin, S.J., describes the need for church leaders to consider “the effects of stigmatizing language” about the LGBTQ community.

Historian David O’Brien: What does the Catholic Church have to say to LGBTQ people?

Article David O'Brien

In our thought and imagination, and in our lives together, we must make human dignity and shared responsibility complementary, two sides of a single coin of love for God and neighbor.

In “Blue Jean,” a lesbian teacher must hide her identity. It’s much the same in Catholic schools.

Article Ryan Di Corpo

The ever-present risk of expulsion and the lingering fear of state-sanctioned prejudice looms large over a lesbian teacher’s life in “Blue Jean,” the sensitive and often surprising debut film from British newcomer Georgia Oakley.

LGBTQ Catholics must be united in the work of justice for all, says Dignity leader

Article Marianne Duddy-Burke

LGBTQ Catholics should be seen by the larger church as vitally important partners in the work of justice, and even as having a unique and special ability to further this mission.