In today’s post from Sr. Jeannine Gramick, she writes about how Fr. Tony Flannery’s refusal to sign Vatican oaths on women’s leadership and on LGBTQ equality actually “shows a real love for this Church.”
About Robert Shine, Managing Editor
Robert Shine is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, where he has served since 2012. He is the Managing Editor for Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of LGBTQ Catholic news, opinion, and spirituality. Bob has degrees in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
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Leaders at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have lauded regulatory changes made by the Trump administration that remove protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in federally-funded housing services, like shelters for people experiencing homelessness.
The U.S. Supreme Court is again capturing the nation’s political attention with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the struggle over her replacement now already playing out. But this transition is only the latest significant moment involving the court and LGBTQ equality this year, particularly in the areas of employment law and religious liberty.
Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 reported on a working document in the German church’s Synodal Way process that was about sexuality and relationships, and which has potentially to significant advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church. Today’s post features two reactions to that document, as well as one other story from Germany.
Pope Francis has received a group of Italian parents with LGBT children, who presented the pope with the Italian edition of a new book filled with the stories of such Catholic families. An English edition of the book is due to be released by New Ways Ministry in early October.
Participants in Germany’s Synodal Way included a working document on sexuality and relationships during regional meetings this month that, if approved later, could move the church forward significantly on LGBTQ inclusion and questions of sexuality more generally.
The pastor of a Michigan parish has apologized after a priest assigned to that parish compared Black Lives Matter to terrorists over the group’s support for LGBTQ equality.
A Polish bishop claimed in a homily that the LGBTQ movement is “the most serious threat to humanity,” escalating tensions in that country between advocates for equality and the nation’s episcopate, who have continued to receive criticism.
Today’s liturgical readings prompted me to think about restorative justice, and the implications it could have for LGBTQ people and the Catholic Church.
The Equality Bill being currently being debated in Malta, a majority Catholic nation, has been facing pushback from religious groups the past few months. These groups seek a “conscientious objection” clause added to the bill that would allow faith-based schools and other institutions to be exempt from the proposed law’s LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. In an opinion piece for Malta Today, Cynthia Chircop and Joe Grima of the Malta LGBTQ Rights Movement argue that a conscientious objection clause is nothing more than a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, as well as people who are planning on getting divorced.
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