Leading Catholics in Germany have released an open letter calling for a “new start with sexual morality” that includes a re-evaluation of homosexuality.
About Robert Shine, Associate Editor
Robert Shine is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, and has been with the organization since 2012. He is the Associate Editor for Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of news and opinion covering Catholic LGBT topics. Bob has degrees in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
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Ahead of its publication, the National Catholic Reporter released an excerpt from the book “Inside the Closet of the Vatican” by Frédéric Martel.
A new book on homosexuality and the Vatican is being released this week, one which includes the claim, among several controversial assertions, that 80 percent of priests at the Vatican are gay.
Gay pastoral ministers in the Netherlands have published an open letter to Pope Francis protesting the Vatican’s ban on gay priests and claiming the Gospel’s credibility is imperiled by the Church’s attitude on homosexuality.
Significantly shifting his position, a German bishop has called for the Church to rethink its teachings on homosexuality and condemned problematic aspects of those teachings which have caused people harm.
Two LGBT events at the University of Notre Dame are occurring in early 2019, signs that the campus is making further progress towards inclusion after the cause was stymied by administrators for so many years.
Austria’s top church official has defended civil marriage equality and affirmed there can be goodness in same-gender relationships, though maintained that the Church’s understanding of marriage remains heteronormative.
Efforts by Colorado’s top Church leader to implement “ex-gay” therapies in his diocese will likely be exempted from a pending statewide ban on the torturous practice. That leader has also come out strongly against other legislation which would expand LGBT sexual education in schools.
In seeming defiance of a Vatican ban on gay men in the priesthood, German dioceses have announced they will accept candidates with homosexual orientations assuming these men remain celibate.
In 2019, Catholic educators should consider one simple step which could make a great impact in the safety and flourishing of transgender/gender non-conforming students.
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