Pope Francis has said that gay men in the priesthood is “something that worries me” and that homosexuality has become “fashionable” in some contexts, comments further complicating his already mixed record on LGBT issues.
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
Surely an attempt to explore why Catholics join, leave, and remain in the church has to include voices of LGBT people, their loved ones, and vocal allies?
A German priest has been granted Vatican permission to assume a university leadership to which he was elected earlier this year after, permission which first had been withheld over the priest’s views on homosexuality and women.
Fr. James Martin, SJ, has offered a “friendly response” to two bishops who recently criticized LGBT ministry as rejecting church doctrine and promoting atheism.
An archbishop in Australia suggested during government testimony that LGBT church workers should keep their relationships relatively private and live a distance from their place of employment if they wish to keep their jobs.
Today’s post features short news notes including the English bishops’ support for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Catholic leaders involvement in anti-criminalization efforts, a petition supporting fired church worker Keith Kozak, and more.
Today, marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember these victims and the hundreds of other trans people who suffer lethal violence worldwide. But memorializing is not enough. We must let their “dangerous memories” speak loudly, and by doing so be orient us towards a world where trans equality is our reality.
A second LGBT employee has claimed discrimination by Roncalli Catholic High School, which now faces two potential lawsuits after pending federal complaints were announced last week.
Though they often do not make headlines, parish LGBT ministries are one of the most important ways that Catholics are living into the inclusive and just church which they seek. One writer recently shared how such a parish ministry helped her become Catholic, and there is similar work being undertaken across the U.S.
Statements from church officials and protestors alike targeted gay priests and Fr. James Martin, SJ, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ assembly in Baltimore this week. These statements are but some of several signs that the U.S. episcopate still strongly resists Pope Francis’ efforts at church reform.
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