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Pope Francis apologizes for using homophobic slur during debate about gay priests

The Pope is apologizing for invoking a vulgar Italian term about gay men in a recent closed-door debate about LGBTQ+ priests.

Catholic hermit in Kentucky comes out as transgender man

In the Roman Catholic Church, a hermit is someone who leads a quiet life engaged in prayer. Christian Matson is believed to be the first trans person in this bishop-approved position.

Steve Garvey and when a childhood idol becomes the lesser man

Fifty years ago, Garvey became a superstar and a personal hero, and 50 years later he is a major disappointment.

Sinéad O'Connor's estate demands that 'biblical devil' Donald Trump cease using her music

The late singer's recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" has been played at Trump campaign rallies.

Pope Francis: Critics of blessings for same-sex couples are hypocrites

People aren't scandalized by the blessing of an exploitative entrepreneur, but somehow they are by the blessing of a gay person, the pope said in a recent interview.

New leader of LGBTQ+ Catholic group seeks to help the queer faithful find a welcoming home

Michael O'Loughlin is the new executive director of Outreach, which highlights welcoming spaces within the church while working to create more.

Pope Francis: Blessings for same-sex couples are for the people, not the unions

The pope issued a clarification of sorts in an address at the Vatican Friday.

Pope Francis: Sexual pleasure is a gift from God, but avoid lust and porn

The statements come amid conservative criticism of the pope and news that the Vatican will issue a document on so-called gender ideology.

Jesus Would Go to Jail for Rejecting Same-Sex Unions, Says Conservative Cardinal

But did he really reject them? Some Catholics and other Christians say definitely not.

For Pope Francis, 87, It’s Out with the Old and In With the New

As a transitional pontiff, Francis will not be pulled backwards.

Pope Revokes Homophobic Cardinal's Vatican Salary, Subsidized Apartment

Cardinal Raymond Burke has critiqued Pope Francis's stances on LGBTQ+ issues and more.

Hateful Anti-LGBTQ+ Minister John Hagee Addresses Pro-Israel Demonstration

Hagee has said, among other things, that the Antichrist will be gay and half Jewish.

Pope Meets With Reps of Previously Shunned Pro-LGBTQ+ Ministry

The meeting with New Ways Ministry was “a moment once unimaginable,” according to the group.

Pope Francis Hints at Openness to Blessing Same-Sex Unions

He advises "pastoral prudence" in response to requests for blessings but says such unions shouldn't be considered equal to marriage.

Pope Francis: LGBTQ+ People Welcome But Have to Obey Church Rules

"There are laws that regulate life inside the church," the pope said after giving an inclusive message at the World Youth Day gathering.

Indiana Catholic School OK to Fire Staffer in Same-Sex Marriage: Appeals Court

Roncalli High School in Indianapolis was within its rights to fire Shelly Fitzgerald because her marriage goes against Catholic doctrine, a federal appellate court rules.

Ron DeSantis Tweets Lie About L.A. Dodgers Pride Night

But the game went on and was well-attended.

Ohio Trans Churchgoer Threatened After Calling Out Priest's Anti-LGBTQ+ Remark

“Queer and trans people also carry the Holy Spirit," Avery Arden told the priest.

Teachers Ousted From Catholic School Say Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias to Blame

Those who've recently lost their jobs at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, N.H., say it was because they're members or supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.

Ex-Catholic Deacon Sentenced for 'Enticing' Gay Minors to Have Sex

Rogelio Vega had pleaded guilty to charges that he used Grindr and another app to "coerce and entice" minor boys to have sex.