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Evangelical Lutheran Church Installs 1st Transgender Bishop

Sep 12, 2021

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday.

Admirers Still Urging Sainthood For Chaplain Killed on 9/11

By David Crary | Sep 4, 2021

Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 terror attacks, Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York's fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continues to evolve 20 years after his death.

Mormon Vaccine Push Ratchets Up, Dividing Faith's Members

By Sophia Eppolito | Aug 31, 2021

Members of the faith widely known as the Mormon church remain deeply divided on vaccines and mask-wearing despite consistent guidance from church leaders as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.

10 Religious Universities Living Up to LGBTQ+ Values of Inclusion

By Matthew Wexler | Aug 28, 2021

Campus Pride's recent "Best of the Best" list for LGBTQ+ students also included ten religious schools "living up to LGBTQ+ values of inclusion." Wondering what schools made the list? Have a look!

Catholic Priests Caught Using Gay Hookup App Grindr

By Emell Adolphus | Aug 27, 2021

The Pillar, a conservative Catholic media organization, claims priests at several churches and the Vatican have been using the gay hookup app Grindr.

Anti-LGBTQ+, Anti-Mask Cardinal, Ill with COVID, Now off Respirator

Aug 21, 2021

An anti-LGTBQ+, anti-mask Roman Catholic cardinal who was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 is off a ventilator and is being moved out of intensive care.

Anti-Gay, Anti-Vaccine Cardinal Hit Hard by COVID

Aug 17, 2021

"Please pray for me as I begin my recovery." tweeted Cardinal Raymond L. Burke from a Wisconsin hospital bed, where he is currently on a ventilator after being admitted to a hospital with COVID.

Religious Health Care Providers Win Injunction on ACA Rules

By Peter Smith | Aug 16, 2021

A federal judge issued a permanent injunction on behalf of religious health care providers who feared the Biden administration would interpret the Affordable Care Act as requiring them to perform gender-transition treatment against their conscience.

Priest 'Outing' Shines Light on Power and Partisanship of Catholic Media

Jul 31, 2021

When Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill was accused of using Grindr, the allegation didn't come from mainstream media, but rather a small Catholic media project called The Pillar.

Janice Mirikitani, Poet, Leader of LGBTQ-Affirming San Francisco Church, Dies

Jul 30, 2021

Janice Mirikitani, a beloved San Francisco poet laureate who together with her husband ran the city's Glide Memorial Church, which caters to the poor and homeless, has died. She was 80.

Priest Outed via Grindr App Highlights Rampant Data Tracking

By Matt O'Brien and Frank Bajak | Jul 24, 2021

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy.

US Catholic Official Resigns Over 'Improper Behavior' Claim

US Catholic Official Resigns Over 'Improper Behavior' Claim

By David Crary | Jul 21, 2021

Citing allegations of "possible improper behavior," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday announced the resignation of its top administrative official, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, ahead of a media report that probed his private romantic life.

Church in Norway Marks Name Change for Transgender Person

By Jari Tanner | Jul 18, 2021

A Lutheran church in Norway has held a name change ceremony for a 49-year-old transgender person in what officials said marked the first such event in a place of worship in the Nordic country.

Title IX Religious Exemptions and What's at Stake for LGBTQ College Students

Jul 10, 2021

Under a religious exemption provision, scores of colleges and universities can — and do — discriminate on the basis of someone's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. A law professor takes a deeper look.

Holy Strokes! Celebrating Semen's Spiritual History


Shout "Hallelujah!": Today's proud gay men can embrace a healthy balance of sensuality and spirituality. It's time to brush up on the historical intermingling of semen, religion, and culture.

Franklin Graham Ends Pride Month with Homophobic Message

Jul 6, 2021

How about a little hate to end Pride Month? That is the way homophobic evangelist Franklin Graham chose to end June with a Facebook post commenting on a BBC story of how "Pride has gone mainstream."

LGBTQ Youth of Faith Pray, Bond at 'Beloved Arise' Group

By Luis Andres Henao | Jul 6, 2021

Young people worldwide have joined Beloved Arise during the pandemic to worship, sing and bond virtually. The group celebrated its second annual Queer Youth of Faith Day with podcasts, concerts, online panels and seminars on LGBTQ history and churches.

Vatican: Pope Alert and Well aDay after Intestinal Surgery

Jul 5, 2021

Pope Francis was "in good, overall condition, alert" and breathing on his own Monday, the Vatican said a day after the pontiff underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half of his colon.

Vatican Says Pope 'Reacted Well' to Intestinal Surgery

By Frances D'Emilio | Jul 5, 2021

Pope Francis "reacted well" to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff's condition.

Explainer: Behind the Vatican's London Real Estate Scandal

By Nicole Winfield | Jul 4, 2021

The Vatican has set a July 27 trial date for 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal and papal contender, on charges related to the Holy See's 350 million-euro investment in a luxury London real estate venture.

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