At the Intersections of Identities

In order to fully welcome all people, the Catholic Church needs to realize that each of its members enters juggling different identities, struggling to determine which one of these is best to reveal at the door. The idea that each of us manages different identities (based on race, ethnicity, age, orientation, gender identity, economic status, and many other categories) is called “intersectionality.”  Read More

Catholics Reject Bishops’ Claim that Gay Priests a Cause of Sexual Abuse

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 covered recent comments by several U.S. bishops that strove to link homosexuality with clergy sexual abuse. Today's post offers commentaries from Catholics who either pushed back against such bishops or who have offered a more positive assessment about gay priests and the abuse crisis. Read More

Bishop: Gay Priests “Wreaking Great Devastation” in Church and Cause of Sexual Abuse

Right wing Church leaders are again trying to blame sexual abuse by clergy on gay priests and religious. One bishop has even suggested a 'homosexual subculture" is "wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord." But many Catholics have pushed back, rightfully acknowledging the positive role gay priests and religious have played in the Church while identifying real causes of abuse as crimes of power not sex. Today's post reports on the bishops' gay-negative statements while tomorrow's post shares several analyses. Read More

‘Confessions of a Gay Catholic’ Offers a Comic View of a Faith Journey

While many LGBT Catholics have struggled with their faith and their feelings of being unwelcome and excluded from the church, hardly any have created a comedy show based on their experiences Read More

Vatican Clarifies Pope Francis’ Remark About Psychiatry

A small brouhaha erupted this week after Pope Francis' advice to parents of lesbian and gay children were interpreted by some to indicate that the pontiff was recommending psychiatric help to prevent a child from becoming lesbian or gay. Read More

Fr. Bryan Massingale Responds to Archbishop’s Criticism of Retreat for Gay Clergy and Religious Men

A leading theologian scheduled to lead a retreat for gay priests this fall has responded to criticism from the archbishop in whose diocese the retreat is being held.  Read More

Former V.P. Joe Biden Promotes LGBT Acceptance ‘As You Are’

The Biden Foundation, a charitable organization founded by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is seeking stories from LGBTQ+ people as part of their new campaign, As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign. In their press release, the foundation expressed the initiative as seeking to “raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people.” Read More

Looking Toward the Youth Synod and Helping Young LGBT Catholics Tell Their Stories

A new website will allow Catholic LGBTQ youth to tell their stories to their bishop delegates at October's synod on youth at the Vartican. Read More

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

On Flight Back to Rome, Pope Francis Offers Advice to Parents of Lesbian and Gay People

On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children. Read More