News has broken of another LGBTQ-related employment dispute, this time involving a gay music minister in Georgia.
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.
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Key bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have released a statement commenting on three cases which involved LGBTQ civil rights that the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for last week.
Two journalists, one from South Africa and one from the U.S., have recently responded to a pro-LGBTQ talk that theologian Fr. Bryan Massingale gave earlier this summer. Both journalists agreed that Massingale invites us all to adjust our image of God.
A transgender educator in Malta has called her experience teaching at a Catholic school “amazing,” which seems to be due in large part to their decision to come out from the very beginning.
A top archbishop has again disparaged the LGBTQ movement, comparing it to the oppressive regime that ruled Poland in the late 20th century. But church reformers are calling on the Polish hierarchy to comply with church teaching about respecting LGBTQ people and avoid such rhetoric.
That the Synod on the Amazon now underway will not directly address LGBTQ issues does not mean Catholic advocates for equality should ignore an ecclesial event that could greatly impact our efforts for equality in the church.
Are LGBTQ people protected from discrimination under federal law or not? This question is central to three LGBTQ-focused cases that U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for today. While none of these cases directly involve Catholic plaintiffs or defendants, Catholics remain central to important cases involving LGBTQ issues and religious liberty that the Court will consider this term.
Today’s post features news about a parish in Poland that thanked protestors of a Pride march, a Catholic-owned media outlet publishing a letter supportive of Pride, and more.
Today’s post includes three updates out of Indianapolis regarding church employment disputes. First, the Trump administration has stated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which is being sued by an employee fired from a Catholic school because of their same-gender marriage. Second, a canon lawyer has said the Vatican’s lifting of ecclesiastical suspensions against Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is “exceptional.” Third, Shelly Fitzgerald participated in a Democratic presidential debate.
Fr. James Martin, SJ, recently met with officials from the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, which released an anti-LGBTQ document earlier this summer. Martin shared with them three letters from people writing about their transgender-related experiences.
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