In Wake of Vatican Ban, Reckoning with the Two Faces of Pope Francis on LGBTQ Issues

At the center of the dispute over the Vatican's recent ban on blessing same-gender couples has been Pope Francis' role. Bondings 2.0 published earlier this week on reports that the pope tried to distance himself from the ban in his Sunday Angelus address, but many people still continue to criticize the pope. When it comes to Francis, it seems there is no resolution yet on what some observers consider his two faces on LGBTQ issues. Read More

Fr. James Alison Writes Vatican Threw “Tantrum” with Blessings Ban

Fr. James Alison, a gay priest and theologian, has written that the Vatican's responsum that banned blessings for same-gender couples was a "tantrum." Elsewhere, Fr. Frank Brennan writes that, ultimately, it is God, not the church, who decides about blessing love. Read More

Former Irish President Mary McAleese Calls Vatican Ban “Gratuitously Cruel in the Extreme”; And Other Irish Reactions

Irish Catholics are resisting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, including the country's former president, Mary McAleese, who called it "gratuitously cruel in the extreme." Read More

More Than 200 German Theologians Issue Statement Opposed to Vatican’s Blessings Ban

More than 200 German theologians published a statement in opposition to the Vatican's responsum released last week that banned blessings for same-gender couples, adding to intensifying criticism from many sectors of the German-speaking church. Read More

LGBTQ Catholics and Allies Worldwide Condemn Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

Reactions to the Vatican's recent ban on blessing same-gender couples reveal that Catholic support for LGBTQ equality is a global phenomenon. Today's post features reactions from a number of countries. Read More

Pope Francis Seen As Distancing Himself from Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

A key point of contention in the debate over the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's (CDF) document last Monday that banned blessings for same-gender couples is what role Pope Francis played in its promulgation. A new report from America suggests the pope took a step on Sunday to distance himself from the document. Read More

Fifth Sunday of Lent: i-den-ti-ty

The human person made in God’s image and likeness has, from the very beginning, been created for relationship: first of all with God, and then with other persons. Read More

The REAL Church is Truly Speaking—In Support of Same-Sex Blessings

The community of faith in the Holy Spirit, is on its way to endorsing acceptance, love, and blessing not just for same-sex couples but for all LGBTQ+ persons. Read More

U.S. Catholics Roundly Condemn Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Catholic advocates for LGBTQ equality have reacted strongly against the Vatican's response ad dubium yesterday in which it banned the blessing of same-gender unions. Read More

Bishops’ Statements Reveal Divisions Over Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Unions

With each passing hour it seems, news breaks about another church leader or Catholic group offering their thoughts about the Vatican's responsum earlier this week that banned blessings for same-gender unions. While much of the commentary has been condemnatory of the Vatican's action, some ranking church leaders have come to its defense. Read More