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Catholic School Guidance Counsellor Fired for Sexual Orientation Suing Archdiocese of Indianapolis for Discrimination

Lynn Starkey was a guidance counselor at the Catholic Roncalli High School in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for nearly 40 years — until the archdiocese fired her for marrying another woman. Now, she is suing for discrimination. Starkey filed the lawsuit July 29, alleging the archdiocese and the school discriminated against her…

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Washington Archbishop in Wake of Sex Abuse Cover-Up Scandal

A Pennsylvania grand jury recently released a report on predator priests and sexual abuse in the early 1990s, which sparked outcry over Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s handling of the situation. Wuerl resigned from his position as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., on Friday morning. A statement released from the Vatican…

Vatican: LGBT Community Has 'Gifts and Qualities to Offer'

By Julissa Catalan Midway through a two-week Catholic assembly on family issues, the Vatican released a report documenting the conversation thus far between the Pope and 200 bishops—proving that the church is taking a more progressive and compassionate look at the institution of marriage while acknowledging LGBT rights. Though the…

Pope Francis: Is Civil Union for Catholics Possible

By Julissa Catalan In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis hinted that the Catholic Church could soon accept a type of civil union for LGBT couples. “We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety,” he said. “States, for instance, justify civil unions as…

Pope Francis Softens Stance Toward LGBT Community

By Chris Hoenig Cardinal Timothy Dolan is backing Pope Francis’s comments about gay priests as a “change in tone or emphasis” toward the LGBT community. In a nearly 90-minute news conference on his flight back from Brazil, the Pope spoke openly and directly about a subject the Catholic Church has…