A French priest has claimed that, in a private meeting, Pope Francis approved of the priest’s work blessing same-gender couples.
About Robert Shine, Associate Editor
Robert Shine is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, and has been with the organization since 2012. He is the Associate Editor for Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of news and opinion covering Catholic LGBT topics. Bob has degrees in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Entries by Robert Shine, Associate Editor
A bishop has described a theologian’s decade-old, LGBT-informed writings on the New Testament as “highly offensive and blasphemous,” igniting a controversy that has made sensational headlines but with little basis.
Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod, Philippines said in his Palm Sunday homily, “It’s now okay to kill; to allow couples to go on divorce; honor the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community; tolerate same-sex union, among others, where I am scared of these present situations.”
A leading theologian and priest has said the Catholic Church should expect a “messy period” when it comes to LGBT inclusion, a period similar to that experienced in other Christian denominations as they moved to become more affirming.
England’s top prelate has again opined on gender identity, revealing both his pastoral inclinations and his opposition to full transgender equality.
With Pope Francis confirming his visit to the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Irish priests and politicians have expressed hope that LGBT and other “non-traditional” families will be included.
Youth from around the world have issued a call for the Catholic Church to openly and honestly address matters of sexuality, and to do so from a Church that is a welcoming place for all people.
U.S. bishops sent a supportive letter to a federal lawmaker who introduced the latest version of a “license to discriminate” bill, which would allow business and nonprofits to deny services to LGBT people.
The city of Philadelphia has suspended its partnership with a Catholic organization providing foster care services because the church-affiliated organization seemingly discriminates against LGBT people.
When Pope Francis criticizes “gender theory” or “gender ideology,” what does he mean? Where are such issues going in the Catholic Church? What will be needed to find a reconciling way forward?
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