2019 is quickly coming to an end. For people who are interested in Catholic LGBTQ news, opinion, and spirituality, it has been a roller coaster of a year, with lots of ups and downs. Some steps were taken to move LGBTQ issues forward in church discussion, and some familiar roadblocks to such steps also popped up.
As we have done every year since 2012, Bondings 2.0 is turning to its readers to ask “What were the best and worst Catholic LGBTQ news events of 2019?” So, we ask you to complete the short survey below and submit it by Saturday, December 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m., Eastern U.S. time.
We have provided you with 15 “nominations” for “best” and the same number for “worst.” We ask you to vote for only 5 selections in each category. We will then tally the results and provide you with a Top 10 list for Worst on Monday, December 30, 2019, and a Top 10 list for Best on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.
How the nominees were selected: We looked at the analytics that WordPress provides us for the blog, and we selected the posts from the past year which had garnered the most views. So in each list of nominees, you are looking at the posts that people thought were most important over 2019.
We took the list of popular posts and categorized them according to whether they appeared to be good news or bad news for people concerned with Catholic LGBTQ equality. We’ve provided the links to the posts in case you want to refresh your memory or get more details on any of them.
One item deserves a special note. At the end of June, news broke that Brebeuf Preparatory School, a Jesuit institution in Indianapolis, resisted pressure from the local archbishop to fire a gay teacher. As a result, Brebeuf lost their right to publicly identify as a Catholic institution. Many hailed the school’s decision as a courageous move valuing the integrity of the gay teacher. Many also felt that the archbishop’s decision to deny the school its Catholic identity to be an unjust penalty. So, was this incident good news or bad news? We chose to let readers decide, so we included it in both lists of nominees.
Each list is presented to you in totally random order. It does NOT reflect a ranking of any sort, so none should be inferred.