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Pope Francis Gays

Pope Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis pays a visit to Naples this Saturday (March 21) he will have lunch with some 90 inmates at a local prison, a contingent that w...

Antonia Blumberg

Pope Francis Backs Slovakia's Referendum Against Same-Sex Marriage | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion

As Slovakia gears up for a referendum on same-sex unions this coming weekend, Pope Francis gave his blessing to the country's efforts to block marriag...

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.

What Is Pope Francis Saying to Gays?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Pope Francis, are you on board? You certainly seemed to be when, for example, you knelt to wash the feet of prison inmates, including Muslims.

'Seismic' Shift on Gay People From the Vatican, but Will There Be Aftershocks?

Cathy Renna | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

I bet you all the money in the Vatican's coffers that Bill Donahue of the Catholic League is still screaming in his office -- or on Fox News -- as you read this. So I take all of this "news" with a grain of salt -- a huge grain of Mediterranean Sea salt.

Edie Windsor Praises Pope Francis' Words On Gays: 'It Thrills Me'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

Edie Windsor achieved a breakthrough victory for the LGBT community when the Supreme Court ruled in her favor and struck down the Defense of Marriage ...

Amanda Terkel

Rick Santorum Excited By Pope Francis: 'What He's Doing Is The Right Thing' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although Pope Francis has been hailed for being more open to gays and lesbians within the Roman Catholic Church than his predecessors we...

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.

Some Nigeria's Religious Leaders Welcome Harsh Anti-Gay Law

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria welcomed a controversial law that bans same-sex marriages and imposes a 14-year jail term...

Pope Francis' Surprise Move For Gay Parents?

Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis warned against "administering a vaccine against faith" in a surprise plea for children of gay couples and divorced parents, the AFP is re...

Pope's Approval Rating Soars

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Holy See is about to get an early Christmas present this year. A new CNN poll released Tuesday found that 88% of American Catholics view Pope F...

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...

The First Gay Pope

Simon LeVay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon LeVay

When Newsweek famously dubbed Barack Obama "the first gay president" of the United States, the phrase didn't really refer to Obama's sexuality but to his positive attitude toward gay people. So should Pope Francis likewise be considered "the first gay pope"?

LOOK: Vatican Kills Gay Photo Exhibit

Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion

Despite Pope Francis' earlier remarks about opening up the Church, the Vatican has firmly shut the door on artist Gonzalo Orquin's latest exhibit, "Tr...

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.

Is the Pope Right That the Catholic Church Should Focus Less on Gays and Abortion?

Quora | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

Francis seems determined to give the church some breathing room on sexual matters to focus on the gospel, and to imagine what the future may hold rather than how the past enslaves us.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week began with another mass shooting -- the 16th since Newtown in December. As the president presides over yet another grim memorial service, it's time for an honest assessment of what is really happening in our culture. Yes, we need better background checks and mental health screening, but we need to also look deeper -- at the root causes that lead to nearly 32,000 gun deaths a year, and over 1 million Americans taking part in gang activities. Matthew Dowd defined "the real core problem" as "poverty of the soul." And fixing it will require more compassion, less division and the recognition that our common humanity is greater than our differences. On Thursday, Pope Francis took a step in that direction, faulting the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with gays and abortion at the expense of the larger mission. "We must always consider the person," he said. Our well-being as a nation depends on it.

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: Accompany With Mercy

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

As a Catholic, who happens to work in the church, and who writes extensively about the church, and who is also gay, I am fairly desensitized to the veiled bigotry employed by so many Catholic leaders.

Pope Francis Moves Church Beyond Gays and Abortion -- To People

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Pope Francis continues to radically refocus the Catholic Church and, even as a non-Catholic, I am beginning to view him as a personal pastor.

Pope Francis: Church Too 'Obsessed' With Gays

Posted 09.19.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis faulted the Roman Catholic church for focusing too much on gays, abortion and contraception, saying the church has become "obsessed" with...

Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' With Abortion, Gay Marriage

The New York Times | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown "obsessed" with preaching ab...

Pope Allegedly Calls Gay Man To Offer Inspiring Message Of Comfort

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

A gay French man says Pope Francis called him to tell him his sexual orientation doesn't matter and that "we are all children of God." Christophe T...

Where the Pope Leads, We May Follow

Daniel Davidson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Davidson

Time will tell whether the pope's recent statement on the topic of gay people will usher in a revolution, or whether the status quo will remain, but this pope has thus far demonstrated himself to be a true leader whom I and many others can and should respect.

'Who Am I to Judge?'

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Although the pope did not suddenly change the church's view that LGBTQ people should remain celibate, whether as priests or as lay people, he did tell Christians around the world that it's time to live up to the highest values of the faith rather than descend to base disrespect for human beings.