Entries by Robert Shine, Managing Editor

U.S. Bishops Opposed Law to Fund Suicide Hotline Over Provisions for LGBTQ Support

The National Catholic Reporter broke news this week that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) lobbied last year against legislation to fund a national suicide hotline because it would also fund LGBTQ-specific care, which is only the latest use of their political weight to stop pro-LGBTQ initiatives.

In Wake of Vatican Ban, Reckoning with the Two Faces of Pope Francis on LGBTQ Issues

At the center of the dispute over the Vatican’s recent ban on blessing same-gender couples has been Pope Francis’ role. Bondings 2.0 published earlier this week on reports that the pope tried to distance himself from the ban in his Sunday Angelus address, but many people still continue to criticize the pope. When it comes to Francis, it seems there is no resolution yet on what some observers consider his two faces on LGBTQ issues.

Fr. James Alison Writes Vatican Threw “Tantrum” with Blessings Ban

Fr. James Alison, a gay priest and theologian, has written that the Vatican’s responsum that banned blessings for same-gender couples was a “tantrum.” Elsewhere, Fr. Frank Brennan writes that, ultimately, it is God, not the church, who decides about blessing love.

Former Irish President Mary McAleese Calls Vatican Ban “Gratuitously Cruel in the Extreme”; And Other Irish Reactions

Irish Catholics are resisting the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-gender couples, including the country’s former president, Mary McAleese, who called it “gratuitously cruel in the extreme.”

More Than 200 German Theologians Issue Statement Opposed to Vatican’s Blessings Ban

More than 200 German theologians published a statement in opposition to the Vatican’s responsum released last week that banned blessings for same-gender couples, adding to intensifying criticism from many sectors of the German-speaking church.

Pope Francis Seen As Distancing Himself from Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

A key point of contention in the debate over the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s (CDF) document last Monday that banned blessings for same-gender couples is what role Pope Francis played in its promulgation. A new report from America suggests the pope took a step on Sunday to distance himself from the document.