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Alex Shingleton and Landon Duyka deliver a 'Gospel reflection' during Mass at Old St. Patrick's in Chicago, Ill., June 19, 2022.

Can laity preach at Mass? Chicago parish offers pulpit to same-sex couple

Jun 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Chicago Catholic parish is facing questions after the pastor allowed a couple in a same-sex marriage to offer a... Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative.

US bishops file brief supporting web designer who objects to gay marriage

Jun 21, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The U.S. bishops are coming to the aid of a Colorado web designer, a Christian who fears prosecution under state... Read more

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Michigan pressure on Catholic adoption agencies backfires, costs $800,000 in legal fees

Mar 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Michigan officials tried to bar funds for Catholic child placement agencies. Instead, they are paying at least $800,000 in legal... Read more

Chad and Melissa Buck. Image via Becket Fund.

Catholic adoption agency in Michigan wins settlement allowing it to operate in accord with the faith

Jan 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic adoption agency in Michigan reached a settlement with the state on Tuesday which will allow the agency to... Read more

A same-sex wedding cake topper.

Monks bow out of Illinois Catholic school after controversy over coach in same-sex union

Jan 6, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

After a Chicago-area Catholic high school bowed to protests and hired a lacrosse coach in a same-sex marriage, the Benedictine... Read more

Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian and florist from Washington state who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex marriage.

Washington florist who declined to serve same-sex wedding will pay settlement, retire

Nov 18, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Christian florist who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony and subsequently spent... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Swiss voters back same-sex marriage

Sep 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Around 64% of voters approved the measure. Read more

A same-sex wedding cake topper.

Catholic school in Illinois hires coach in same-sex marriage, reversing earlier decision

Sep 24, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic school in suburban Chicago this week reversed a previous decision not to hire a coach who is civilly... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

Sep 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He made the remark in an introduction to a new anthology of his writings, which has a preface by Pope... Read more

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Charlotte diocese objects: Federal judge can't set employment standards for Catholic schools

Sep 8, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of Charlotte has said the law and religious freedom precedent are on its side, despite a federal judge’s... Read more

The flags of Italy and Vatican City.

Italy’s ‘anti-homophobia’ law: Vatican request sparks Church-state debate

Jun 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

From the prime minister to a famous rapper, Italians are weighing in on the Vatican’s diplomatic intervention. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Vatican intervenes in proposed ‘anti-homophobia’ law in Italy

Jun 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican believes that the law would violate the freedom of the Catholic Church in Italy. Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Swiss campaigners secure same-sex marriage referendum

Apr 29, 2021

More than 61,000 signatures were collected in favor of giving Switzerland’s 8.5 million population a final say on the law. Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Portland archbishop thanks pope for Vatican 'no' to same-sex blessings

Mar 24, 2021

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon on Tuesday thanked Pope Francis for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson.

Cardinals uphold Vatican statement on same-sex unions

Mar 19, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Two cardinals on Thursday upheld the Vatican’s recent statement that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions.  Read more

After Vatican says same-sex unions cannot be blessed, White House reaffirms Biden’s support for them

Mar 15, 2021

While the White House on Monday would not respond to the Vatican’s statement on marriage, press secretary Jen Psaki said... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court judges say Obergefell a 'problem' for religious liberty

Oct 5, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito on Monday said that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling is already posing problems for... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Christian wedding planner challenges anti-discrimination law

Jul 23, 2020

An Evangelical Christian minister who runs a wedding business is challenging a county ordinance she says would require her to officiate... Read more

Sant'Oreste, Lazio, Italy.

Italian priest performs same-sex civil union ceremony

Jul 21, 2020

A priest has resigned as a parish pastor after he performed a same-sex civil union ceremony in the town hall... Read more