The Vatican announced this week that the next Synod of Bishops gathering in 2022 will be on the theme of “synodality.” But as preparations begin, a looming question over the proceedings will be, once again: are LGBTQ people to be included?
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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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A new initiative launched by the Women’s Ordination Conference and partner groups is calling on Catholics to engage in a month of “coordinated, global, prophetic demonstrations” for women’s equality in the church, a call that includes LGBTQ equality, too.
Fr. James Martin, SJ, has announced registration is now open for an upcoming conference on LGBT pastoral ministry to be held at Fordham University this summer.
A leading Catholic newspaper editorialized on the recent controversy surrounding the pope, U.S. bishops, and Fr. James Martin’s LGBT ministry, suggesting an “unhinged homophobia” on the part of some people involved.
The archbishop of Seattle defended Catholic officials’ decision to force two LGBTQ teachers out of their jobs last week, and this week placed on leave the president of the school where the forced resignations occurred.
Two bishops have pushed back against anonymous claims that, during an ad limina visit with U.S. bishops, Pope Francis expressed concern with Fr. James Martin’s LGBT ministry.
A new review of playwright and novelist Joseph Caldwell’s memoir “In The Shadow of the Bridge” discusses Caldwell’s relationship to his Catholic faith in the context of sexuality.
Miguel Diaz, a theologian and a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, has taken up Pope Francis’ exhortation to care for internally displaced persons by connecting it with the problem of homelessness in the U.S. today. In particular, Diaz highlights the plight of LGBTQ people, especially youth, who are housing insecure.
An op-ed in “Matters India” by Virginia Saldhana, aprominent Catholic lay theologian and former secretary of the Federation of Asian Catholic Bishops’ Conferences’ Office of Laity, Family, and Women, discusses India’s Transgender Persons Law passed in November.
National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson has responded to Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s new anti-transgender policy by suggesting the bishops are putting “trans folks in their crosshairs.”
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