Pope Francis appointed a new leader for Philadelphia last week, naming Nelson Pérez as archbishop and ending the tenure of his caustic predecessor, Charles Chaput. While repairing the damage Chaput inflicted on LGBTQ Catholics and their communities will take time and intentionality, one simple step Pérez could take to promote goodwill is ending the archdiocese’s lawsuit against LGBTQ rights.
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.
Entries by Robert Shine, Managing Editor
Today’s post is a review of a new biography of longtime LGBTQ advocate Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
A U.S. archbishop has claimed that during ad limina meetings, Pope Francis named the movement for transgender rights as a ‘significant issue’ of today alongside abortion.
A cardinal has defended his participation in an AIDS fundraiser by suggesting the first question God asks is not about a person’s sexual orientation, but about how they treat other people.
A bishop in the U.S. has positively affirmed gay men in the priesthood, saying, “I know priests who are gay and they’re great.” He also acknowledged his desire to welcome LGBTQ people, saying, “It is never wrong to love another person. Never.”
A recent Twitter thread emphasized the harm done to LGBTQ church workers when toxic atmospheres regarding gender and sexuality exist at Catholic institutions.
What do the 2020s hold for Catholic LGBTQ issues? It is harder to predicate church developments in the age of Pope Francis. But Franciscan Fr. Dan Horan ventured one hope for the next decade in regards to the spate of LGBTQ church employment disputes over this past decade.
A priest in Brazil has been suspended from ministry because he blessed a same-gender couple late last year.
Paraguay’s top bishop has said all families, including LGBTQ ones, should be welcomed in the church and accompanied to live virtuously.
A gay priest dismissed from ministry after coming out has been reinstated by the Vatican, which reversed the dismissal on appeal due to lack of any clear charges or evidence.
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