Diocesan Magazine Features Stories of a Married Gay Church Worker and a Sex Therapist

A diocesan magazine in Germany recently featured three perspectives on LGBTQ issues in the church, one from a gay pastoral worker, one from theologian, and one from a sex therapist. Read More

German Bishop Reaffirms His Request for Church Blessings and Civil Partnerships for Same-Gender Couples

A German bishop has reiterated his support blessing same-gender couples and the need for civil recognition of such relationships, too, saying the hierarchy must reconsider its teachings on homosexuality in light of contemporary science. Read More

Leader of German Bishops Calls for Marriage Equality Debate in the Church

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode has said: "I'm concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although 'marriage for all' differs clearly from the church's concept of marriage, it's now a political reality." Read More

Bishop Prohibits Blessing of Same-Gender Couple as Marriage Equality in Germany Goes Into Effect

A bishop has barred the blessing of a same-gender equality just as marriage equality in Germany becomes effective October 1, but German Catholics, including some bishops, are advocating for those very blessings. . . Read More

Jesuit Weekly Criticizes “Unjust Discrimination” against LGBT Church Workers

A major outlet in the English-speaking Catholic media has opined against the firing of LGBT church workers. America... Read More

Major German Catholic Gathering Offers Historic Welcome to LGBT Catholics

LGBT organizations were welcomed for the first time to a major Catholic gathering in Germany,... Read More

It's Time to Bless Lesbian & Gay Couples, Suggests German Bishop

A German bishop who will attend the Synod on marriage and family this fall has... Read More

Lesbian Teacher Reinstated in German School, As Georgia H.S. Band Director Wins Employment Case

The trend of church workers losing their jobs in LGBT-related employment disputes is not slowing, but thankfully community responses and legal improvements are pushing back. Below, Bondings 2.0 offers updates on several previous incidents, including the implementation of a Germany employment policy more welcoming of LGBT church workers. Read More

German Bishops Extend LGBT Welcome to Church Workers in New Policy

Germany's bishops voted in favor of new employment policies favorable to church workers in same-gender relationships this week, proving that the firing and forced resignation of LGBT church workers need not be the only response to marriage equality's spread. Read More

A New Generation of Bishops?

As we approach the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ famous “Who am I to... Read More