Today’s post includes stories about a lesbian softball coach fired for being in a same-gender marriage, another fired church worker’s settlement in her discrimination lawsuit, and how the Vatican funded the Elton John biopic.
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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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?”
A Catholic school is apologizing after chaperones led students out of a performance of The Nutcracker that featured a same-gender couple.
A Catholic education official in Ontario is facing criticism from multiple quarters over his anti-LGBTQ comments, as well as allegations that he intimidated and harassed a student over her progressive views.
Some Catholics in Brazil, including the nation’s bishops, have called for a boycott of the streaming service Netflix after the company premiered a film that implies Jesus is a gay man.
The parents of a 24-year-old lesbian who died unexpectedly is blaming church ministers for what the family claims was a death by suicide because those ministers attempted conversion therapy on their daughter.
In two European developments, lay Catholics in Germany formally endorsed church blessings for same-gender couples, while bishops in Switzerland have chosen to remain neutral on an upcoming LGBTQ referendum.
Two church officials have rejected the myth that there is a link between homosexuality and child abuse and criticized right wing groups that advance such falsehoods.
After sponsoring a consultation on human sexuality, Germany’s bishops issued a statement in which they said church teaching against same-gender sexual activity was a “hot topic” and affirmed homosexuality as a “normal” part of human development.
Vienna’s cardinal again welcomed an AIDS charity to the city’s cathedral for an arts fundraiser, one of his many LGBTQ-positive acts in recent years.
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