US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Retreats for gay clergy deserve our support, says Father James Martin

New Ways Ministry's retreat for LGBT religious reminds Catholics that all are welcome in the church.

By James Martin, S.J. |
Article News

In October the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin hosted a spiritual retreat for gay priests and deacons. The retreat, sponsored by New Ways Ministry, was intended to deepen relationships and spiritual understanding among a group of clergy and vowed religious who often face misunderstanding and stereotypes.

Here, Jesuit Father James Martin talks to U.S. Catholic about why supporting LGBT clergy and religious matters for the future of the Catholic Church.

When their LGBTQ teacher was fired, these teens turned to their faith

For these six students, LGBTQ activism and their Catholic faith go hand in hand.

By Susan Salaz |
Article Justice

Shelly Fitzgerald gushes over the kids who formed the advocacy group named for her, saying they saved her life. In August 2018, after 15 years of successful employment at her Catholic alma mater, Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Fitzgerald was abruptly given an ultimatum and required to choose between her job as codirector of guidance or her same-sex marriage. 

The modern LGBTQ rights movement and Catholic social teaching have plenty in common

Stonewall’s lasting legacy is the conviction that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual expression, are equally human.

By Father Bryan Massingale |
Article Justice

The Stonewall Inn of New York sits in a quiet part of an often bustling city. Its interior and exterior are rather nondescript. Other than a commemorative plaque in an adjoining small park, there is nothing that marks its historical significance. Yet events here 50 years ago are regarded as the catalytic beginning of the modern gay rights movement.

To build relationships with LGBT Catholics, just talk

For Father James Martin, following Pope Francis means standing with LGBT people.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

With the help of his aptly-titled book, Jesuit Father James Martin has begun building a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. Outraged by the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Martin wrote Building a Bridge (HarperOne) in hopes of opening up dialogue around LGBT issues in the church.  

The LGBT conversation is a sign of new life in the church

Is the church changing its tone regarding LGBT issues?

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
Article Justice

“Who am I to judge?” 

Those five words, spoken by Pope Francis in July 2013 in reference to gay Catholics, were a watershed moment for the church. This was a stark contrast to the tone set by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who instead referred to the “intrinsic moral evil” and “objective disorder” of “same-sex attraction.”

The church needs to work more closely with its LGBT members

The church must reconsider its treatment of LGBT persons, especially those who have been fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientations.

By Father Bryan Massingale |
Article Justice

I was visiting missionary friends in Turkana, a remote, arid, and desolate region of Kenya, in the summer of 2001. My friends had asked me to help baptize 40 nomadic women at a distant outstation chapel, about a three-hour drive from the main mission over rocky terrain and river beds that pass for roads. These women were shepherds who tended their communal flock of goats. (The men remained at home to care for the animals.)