This week in Rome, some 300 youth and young adults are meeting in advance of October’s Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Included among the attendees are three people from the U.S., but given their backgrounds, will the overwhelmingly LGBT-positive views of U.S. Catholic young people be fairly represented?
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 lesbian Catholic issued a strong call for church leaders to stand against anti-LGBT discrimination at an event for International Women’s Day earlier this month.
Unclear comments by the United Kingdom’s leading Catholic prelate have raised questions about just what he meant to say on the topic of gender identity in Catholic education.
Religious liberty is among the most disputed areas when it comes to LGBT issues in the United States today. LGBT-negative elements have attempted use religious liberty to justify and make legal their discrimination against LGBT people, while advocates for LGBT equality have pushed back.
As preparations for the upcoming World Meeting of Families (WMF) press on, Irish officials continue to insist that the event be fully inclusive for all families, including LGBT ones. But a cardinal’s remark shows the potential rupture between how inclusion is being understood.
The fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election has been a moment of reflection for Catholics and for the world on the impact this revolutionary pope has had, and that includes on LGBT issues. Today’s post highlights a few commentaries published around the anniversary.
To mark International Women’s Day earlier this week, the group Voices of Faith held an event in Rome about women in the Catholic Church. Titled “Why Women Matter,” the event featured two LGBT advocates, former Irish President Mary McAleese and lesbian Catholic Ssenfuka Joanita Warry. The event also prompted a civil exchange between McAleese and an Irish bishop.
Organizers of Staten Island’s St. Patrick’s Day parade barred an LGBT group from participating in the event last weekend because, the parade’s president said, it was not a “sexual identification parade.”
A bishop’s recognition of lesbian and gay relationships have been removed from a video produced in anticipation of the 2018 World Meeting of Families scheduled for this August.
The blog Daily Theology had an interesting back-and-forth about Fr. James Martin, SJ’s new book, Building a Bridge. The conversation centered on whether academic theologians were sufficiently engaged a book that has made sizeable waves in the Church, and what it means to do public theology.
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