What Were the Worst Catholic LGBT Stories of 2016? (Vote for up to 5)
A gay man is denied permission to sing at his grandmother’s funeral in Decatur, Indiana .
Dominican Republic church leaders, including the cardinal, harass and make derogatory comments about U.S. Ambassador Wally Brewster, a married gay man.
Lobbying by Colombia’s Catholic bishops ends a national anti-bullying bill.
Amoris Laetitia disappoints LGBT advocates by not mentioning same-gender relationships and offering negative comments on gender transition.
Openly gay priest Warren Hall is suspended by Archbishop of Newark, which cites Fr. Hall’s advocacy for LGBT people.
The Vatican issues a sex education curriculum which mentions sexual orientation only briefly and negatively.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia issues guidelines which exclude, among other Catholics, people in same-gender relationships from pastoral or liturgical roles.
The Vatican’s Congregation for Priests reaffirms a 2005 ban against gay seminarians and priests.
The Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Cemeteries Office rejects a gravestone design, which features the Supreme Court, submitted by Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon who were plaintiffs in the case which legalized marriage equality in the U.S.
Pope Francis repeats warnings against “gender ideology” and marriage equality, rhetoric that begins to be picked up by bishops around the globe.
The Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, issues education guidelines which threaten expulsion for students whose views and actions about sexual orientation and gender identity are positive, including the act of coming out.
In the midst of a national debate on marriage equality, Mexican bishops warn of “gay dictatorship” and defend reparative therapy.
Most U.S. bishops who issue statements on the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub fail to mention the LGBT dimension of the attack. One bishop in Florida later publicly criticizes a colleague for acknowledging the church’s role in perpetuating homophobia.
Catholic bishops in Malawi repeatedly make negative comments against LGBT people, despite continued acts of violence and discrimination against this group. In a pastoral letter on the Year of Mercy, they call for jail sentences for lesbian and gay people.
St. Mary’s parish, Evansville, Indiana, closes down its long-time ministry to LGBT people and replaces it with a ministry model which promotes celibacy.
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