NEWS NOTES: Transgender Lawmaker, Women’s Ordination Scholarship, and More

A new transgender lawmaker, a Bondings 2.0 contributor receives a scholarship, the passing of a theological giant, and a follow-up to a call for a new dialogue in the church on LGBTQ issues: you can read all about these items in today's News Notes. Read More

Firings, Funerals, Fear . . . and Food

Over the last year and half, the media has focused attention on large, growing divisions in American society. Even in the American Catholic world, divisions both between and within the hierarchy and laity can sometimes become pronounced. For example, the cycle of action and reaction to same-sex marriage continues at all levels in the Catholic Church. Among the worst responses have been when LGBT people are fired from Catholic jobs. Church officials proclaim “scandal,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that their own actions and communications are exceedingly cruel and scandalous. The cycle of outrage continues with the recent news that a second U.S. diocese – Madison, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Bishop Robert Morlino - has determined that funerals should be denied to people in same gender civil marriages. Morlino joins Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois who gave similar directions to his diocesan personnel last summer, prompting quite a backlash. Read More

Church Officials Impose Strict Gender Norms on Young Children, But Why?

Two incidents at Catholic parishes reveal a troubling attempt in the church to impose gender norms as if matters of faith, and raise questions about how church officials' are using their power against gender non-conforming children. Read More

Theologian and University President Criticize Catholic “Cyber-Militias”

Theologian Massimo Faggioli and President John Petillo of Sacred Heart University have analyzed some of the issues regarding recent social media attacks from “far-right” Catholic groups who use vicious rhetoric against LGBT people. Here's what they had to say . . .  Read More

The Power of Speaking and the Power of Listening

Three Catholic LGBTQ leaders have proposed "Kick-starting a new Catholic conversation" on sexuality and gender, with the focus of the discussion being the first-hand personal experiences of LGBTQ people instead of church teaching. Read More

More Bishops Offer Support for Fr. James Martin

In the ongoing aftermath of right-wing attacks on Fr. James Martin, SJ,  because of his new book on LGBT issues in the church, three more Catholic bishops have made statements in support of the Jesuit. Read More

Always Our Children: 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, on October 1, 1997, the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family issued "Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children AND Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers." What did this document contribute to the discussion of LGBT issues in the Catholic Church? And what is its impact today? Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Cardinal O’Connor Decries Violence Against Lesbian & Gay People

Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who was Archbishop of New York in the 1980s and 1990s had a long history of statements and actions offensive to the LGBT community.  Among other things, he supported the ban on Irish LGBT groups in the N.Y. St. Patrick's Day Parade and he challenged Mayor Ed Koch's Executive Order 50 which banned sexual orientation discrimination in employment for groups that had contracts with the city.  Yet, he was also known to volunteer at a Catholic hospital, tending to patients with HIV/AIDS at a time when many others shunned any physical contact with the syndrome's victims. Read More

Seminary Alumni Support Fr. James Martin, SJ After Lecture Cancellation

Over the next few days, New Ways Ministry will be launching a new website which... Read More

The Dance of the Alive: A Priest’s Coming Out Story

Today’s post is from guest blogger Father Steve Wolf, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Nashville,... Read More