WATCH: Chicago Priest Blesses Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

  A Methodist minister has sought a blessing on her same-sex union from a priest at a parish within the Archdiocese of Chicago, months after the Vatican issued a document on the possibility of giving spontaneous, non-liturgical pastoral blessings to couples in irregular situations. “Myah always wanted to get married at the chapel of her … Read more

Russian Church Sets Out Orthodox Rejection Of Same-Sex “Blessings”

In its first detailed analysis of the Vatican’s pre-Christmas declaration “Fiducia Supplicans,” Russia’s Orthodox Church has accused Pope Francis of “rejecting the Christian moral ideal” by allowing the blessing of same-sex couples. “While affirming the inviolable understanding of marriage as a union of man and woman … the entire section of the document devoted to … Read more

Priest Claims Church Must Rethink Its ‘Anachronistic’ Sexual Ethic

The Catholic Church’s “established, dogmatic models of the theological approach to sexuality have become anachronistic,” a moral theologian told a conference on sexuality and culture at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome. Developing a new theological ethics of sexuality is “a task for the entire church community,” Salesian … Read more

WATCH: Texas Bishop Mark Seitz Leads March Against Efforts To Curb Illegal Invasion

  Texas Catholic and community groups held an event in El Paso called “Do Not Be Afraid: March and Vigil for Human Dignity” on March 21 in the wake of what organizers called “dehumanizing laws and policies” toward migrants in the Lone Star State. Organizers called the event “a decisive moment of community resistance and … Read more

Abuse Survivors Deeply Troubled by Tucho’s Sex Book

Two sexual abuse survivors told OSV News they are deeply troubled by a recently resurfaced book on mysticism written several years ago by the Vatican’s doctrinal head that includes graphic descriptions of sexuality. “La pasión mística: espiritualidad y sensualidad” (“Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality”) — written in 1998 by then-Father and now Cardinal Víctor Manuel … Read more