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.
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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The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) and its member organizations have appealed to Pope Francis and other ranking church official with a request that the Vatican withdraw its objections to a United Nations report seeking better protections for LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees.
A Polish bishop has rejected claims that the nation’s episcopal conference endorsed conversion therapy in a recent document on LGBTQ issues as Catholics worldwide continue their criticism of said document.
In a new document on LGBTQ issues, the Polish bishops have claimed that church teaching on homosexuality is infallible, as well as advocated for conversion therapy programs.
A representative of the Holy See to the United Nations has objected to interpreting international law in ways that would specifically protect LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.
39 members of Congress from California have objected to a controversial proposal regarding mergers that could link the University of California with Catholic healthcare systems.
Catholics and LGBTQ advocates have negatively appraised a new document from the Archdiocese of St. Louis that issues restrictive guidelines on how the church is to engage transgender people.
In an appeal to Scotland’s government, the nation’s bishops have claimed that proposed hate crime legislation could effectively outlaw the Bible and Catholic teachings if some consider them offensive.
A new film by a group affiliated with the Marianists has premiered that shares the perspectives of LGBT people with that community and the wider church in the hopes of prompting further dialogue about inclusion.
Today’s post includes updates on the firing of church worker Terry Gonda, protests at a Catholic high school in part over anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and one archdiocese’s opposition to homosexuality decriminalization.
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