The largest single protest by Catholics against the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-gender unions has been published online with over 3,000 people participating, including over 100 theologians.
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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A top church leader in Austria has said in an interview that same-gender couples should not be denied a blessing by the church if the request for the blessing is “honest.”
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.
Bishop John Stowe of Lexington has broken with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) by supporting the Equality Act, saying “How can we take a position against equality?”
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, 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.
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 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.
Reactions to the Vatican’s recent ban on blessing same-gender couples reveal that Catholic support for LGBTQ equality is a global phenomenon. Today’s post features reactions from a number of countries.
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.
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