Marriage Counseling Service Backed by Irish Bishops to Welcome LGBT Couples – New Ways Ministry

A marriage counseling program run by Ireland’s bishops will now provide services to same-gender couples.

The service, known as Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG, had previously not welcomed same-gender couples, given it is supported by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. But changes in how the Irish government funds counseling programs has prompted Accord to make its policies LGBT-inclusive

Source:  – New Ways Ministry

Letter from Rome | Commonweal Magazine

……..as the last absolute monarchy in the West (and most anywhere else in the world), the organization of the Roman Church has become an anachronism. It made sense when monarchies were a fundamental feature of human society. But no longer.

This outdated model of the Catholic Church’s structure no longer incarnates the reality of the lived experience of believers, the staggering majority of whom live in societies that are becoming more and more, and to varying degrees, participatory and representative democracies.

Source: Letter from Rome | Commonweal Magazine

50 Years Later, Lessons from “Humanae Vitae” Debate Readily Applicable to LGBT Issues – New Ways Ministry

Last Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical known primarily for its novel ban on artificial contraception. In the subsequent decades since its promulgation, there have been few magisterial teachings as controversial and as rejected by as many faithful as this document. To mark the anniversary, Catholic publications have published a number of analyses about the encyclical and its ongoing impact (see National Catholic Reporter’s series here and Commonweal’s issue here).

Theologians Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman have written a commentary which while not explicitly addressing LGBT issues is quite insightful and relevant to our discussions. I recommend reading the essay, which you can find here, in its entirety.

Source:  – New Ways Ministry

Pro-LGBT Irish Catholics Claim Discrimination by World Meeting of Families – New Ways Ministry

We Are Church Ireland has claimed organizers of the upcoming World Meeting of Families are discriminating against the group because of its reform-minded views, including those about LGBT equality.

We Are Church Ireland (WAC) said in a statement that it had yet to receive any reply about its application to exhibit at World Meeting of Families 2018 (WMF), which is scheduled for  August 21st-25th in Dublin.

Source:  New Ways Ministry

The Nuts and Bolts of Creating A Sexual Ethic – Queer Theology

When it comes to sex, you probably have a lot of people telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. For those of us seeking to figure out sex within a progressive, LGBTQ-affirming Christianity, it can be tempting to look outside of ourselves for the answers. If the conservative pastor tells us one thing about sex, maybe we should look to a progressive pastor to tell us something different.

I’m not going to do that.

I trust you — yes you! — to formulate a sexual ethic that works for you and is in alignment with your faith and your values. That doesn’t mean that it exists in a vacuum, or that you can’t (or shouldn’t) consult others — trusted friends, spiritual leaders, mentors, and even sacred texts — but what it does mean is that ultimately, the buck stops with you.

Source:  Queer Theology

New Zealand Bishops Acknowledge Church’s “Shortcomings” on LGBT Inclusion – New Ways Ministry

New Zealand’s bishops have acknowledged the Church’s “shortcomings” in providing relevant pastoral care, especially when it comes to LGBT inclusion.


Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, speaking as vice-president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, said in a statement:

“‘[The nation’s bishops] humbly acknowledge our shortcomings, especially with regards to particular groups in society, such as the LGBT community who have felt a very real sense of rejection through the Church, or perhaps in falling short in fully meeting the needs of our recent migrant communities. . .We hear too the call of those who want to see our actions speak louder than our words, by living out the values that Jesus represents.’”

Source:  New Ways Ministry

University Chaplain in Scotland Dismissed for Calling Pride a “Gross Offense to God” – New Ways Ministry

A Scottish priest has been removed from his chaplaincy position after hosting a prayer service condemning Pride festivities.

Fr. Mark Morris, the Catholic chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University, was terminated by the University last week after leading a “rosary of reparation for the gross offense to God which is Glasgow Pride.” The prayer service was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in the city, where Morris is pastor, against a backdrop of some 55,000 Pride celebrants.

In a statement announcing the priest’s termination, the University said it was “extremely disappointed” in him, reported CruxUniversity Chancellor Pamela Gillies commented:

“‘The views implied are antithetical to those held by the University, which is strongly inclusive. We actively respect and promote equality and diversity, and this has included having an official presence at the last two Pride Glasgow events.’”

Source:  New Ways Ministry

Catholic and LGBT: Stories of Faith, Family, and Love – New Ways Ministry

Two booklets containing the personal stories and faith journeys of LGBT Catholics and their families are now available in electronic form, spreading the power of experience as a way to build inclusiveness and equality.The first booklet , entitled Being LGBT and Catholic, was published by the LGBT Catholics and Friends Ministry of the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Manhattan.


In 2015, a similar book was published by the Open Hearts LGBT Ministry at St. Patrick- St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut.

For an electronic copy of each book, click their respetive titles here:   Being LGBT and Catholic and Our Place at the Table

For ideas about how to develop LGBT ministry in a parish,  visit our “Parish Life”webpage for a number of resources.   You can also look at our list of LGBT-friendly parishes and faith communities, too.

Symposium in Honour of Ugandan LGBT Rights Defender Bishop Christopher Senyonjo – Religion in Public

We are delighted to announce that the University of Leeds is awarding an honorary degree to Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, and that a symposium will be held to celebrate this occasion.

Rev. Senyonjo served the Church of Uganda as Bishop of the Diocese of West Buganda from 1974 till his retirement in 1998. He has been one of the few religious leaders in Uganda, and indeed in Africa, who actively supports members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and advocates for the recognition of their human rights, in a context of widespread social and political homo- and trans-phobia.

The honorary degree will be awarded to Senyonjo during the graduation ceremony of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds on 17 July 2018.

Source: – Religion in Public

France’s Dioceses Adjust to Marriage Equality By Welcoming LGBT People – New Ways Ministry

Since France legalized same-sex marriage (“mariage pour tous” or “marriage for all”) in 2013, support for LGBT persons in the French Catholic Church has grown immensely. Already 35 French dioceses have “missioned” people to begin to close the wide gap between the LGBT community and the Church.

Many of these dioceses have opened the conversation surrounding LGBT issues and how these topics intersect with Christian beliefs by establishing dialogue groups. For example, the diocese of Créteil created discussion and support groups called “Se parler,” meaning “to talk with each other,” noted the French Catholic news outlet La Croix, which recently published a major article about the phenomenon. Established by Bishop Michel Santier, the groups seek to create a space for church members whose lives have been affected by the Church’s often harsh stance on LGBT issues, and treatment of LGBT persons.

Source: New Ways Ministry