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Why Gay Marriage Poses A 'Difficult' Problem For Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

One of the most seminal moments of Pope Francis' papacy thus far was his response to a question about gay priests in 2013. His answer: "If someone is ...

The Delicious Awakening of the Italian Gay Powers

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

My imaginary friend Stella and I, having fled an Italy crushed by inequity, thought at the time that there was precious little to lose. But Italy is changing. For real. And Stella and I are changing along with her. For us it's a wonderful breath of fresh air to realize that there is still a country we can return to, and for which we can still have hope.

Pope Francis Stresses 'Traditional' Marriage At General Audience

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (April 2), s...

Pope Francis Suggests Church May Tolerate Civil Unions

Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has signalled that he could see the Catholic church tolerating some forms of same-sex civil unions -- though not marriage -- when it come...

Pope Opens Vatican Meetings With Call For Flexibility

Religious News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 20) opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family l...

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Style And Substance: The Reforms Of Pope Francis

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

When Pope Francis posed his now-iconic question, "Who am I to judge?" in reference to gay people in the Catholic Church, he signaled a sea change in a...

Pope Francis -- 'Man of the Year' for Gay People?

Dr. David Berger | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Dr. David Berger

Catholicism is fundamentally constructed of a doctrine that very concretely determines the way of life and church politics. But Francis shows little nerve for change when it comes to this doctrine.

9 Reasons You Want The Pope To Be Your Best Buddy

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Having just been voted Time's Person of the Year, Pope Francis is quickly becoming a papal superstar, bridging gaps between hardcore conservative Cath...

Illinois Speaker Of The House Echoes Pope Francis' Words When Passing Gay Marriage

Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion

Illinois lawmakers voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill on Tuesday in a historic vote that concludes over a year of intense lobbying from both si...

The Good Pope

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although I'm not a Roman Catholic, it is time for me to go to confession and acknowledge that my fears may have been misplaced about Pope Francis.

The Significance of the Pope's Interview: Christianity Doesn't Compel Homophobia

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.

Lila Shapiro

Maggie Gallagher, Leading Gay Marriage Opponent: 'I Would Love Nothing More Than To Be Wrong'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices

When Pope Francis urged Catholics to "find a new balance," saying that the Catholic Church had grown "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contra...

Pope Francis Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

John Becker | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Pope Francis' Catholic Church isn't abandoning its anti-LGBT beliefs; it's just going to talk about them less often. The pontiff's comments were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion. They are, at most, a change of style, not one of substance.

Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet: 'I Have Never Been a Right-Winger'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.

The Pope Said 'Gay' -- What Happens Next?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

To be sure, Popes do not change doctrine in off-the-cuff airplane interviews. The Catechism remains today as it was yesterday -- equal parts condemnation and conciliation. But something has changed, decisively so. And that is tone.

Man Of The Year!

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has been named Man of the Year by Vanity Fair's Italian edition in recognition of his words and deeds during his first one hundred days a...

Is Pope Francis Ramping Up Gay Marriage Critique?

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion

By Steve Scherer VATICAN CITY, June 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged a delegation of French lawmakers on Saturday to avoid following ...

Is Pope Francis Waving a White Flag on Gay Marriage?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Having railed against gay marriage back when he was in Argentina, only to lose that battle, he may be seeing that the handwriting is on the wall and that he's got better things to do. And that can only be a loss for anti-equality advocates who hoped the pope would loudly lead their crusade.

Can an Athiest Lesbian Still Do Good?

Marissa Higgins | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

Pope Francis reassures me, an atheist, that the "good" that I do will lead me to meet someone along the way -- but what about the fact that I'm a lesbian? Is doing "good" enough for only one divergence from the faith?

WATCH: Is Francis A 'Progressive' Pope?

Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion

Francis has only been leader of the Catholic Church since March 13th, but the new Pope has already made a deep impression on Catholics and non-Catholi...

Nope To The Pope

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay pride community ...

Pope Francis' Anti-Gay History

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 76-year-old Argentinean, was chosen as the first Latin American pope on Wednesday. He will lead the world's 1.2 bill...