Can Church Teaching Change? LGBTQ+ Advocates Say Yes

“Can the church change?” That question is the headline of a new article in U.S. Catholic. Author Don Clemmer attempts to answer this question, which is often asked by many LGBTQ+ Catholics longing to see the church embrace more inclusive teachings. Read More

Bondings 2.0 Heads to Rome for the Synod!

A week from today, Bondings 2.0 editor Francis DeBernardo and I will begin reporting live from Rome on the  Synod on Synodality' first global assembly. Throughout this multi-year process, LGBTQ+ issues have been a recurring priority for the people of God. Read More

Synod Member Objects to Kenyan Court’s Pro-LGBTQ+ Ruling

An archbishop who will be a member of the Vatican's upcoming Synod assembly has decried a Kenyan court's ruling that an LGBTQ+ group may gain legal recognition.  Read More

Encounter with Transgender Migrant Shows Faith Is Not “A Fence to Keep Others Out”

Writing at the intersection of LGBTQ+ and immigration issues, one queer Catholic shared an experience that helped her understand more fully that faith should never be "a fence to keep others out." Read More

Cameroonian Priest: African Synod Delegates Likely to Resist Pro-LGBTQ+ Ideas

A Cameroonian priest has suggested that African delegates to the Synod on Synodality assembly next month may be quite resistant to any efforts at being more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. Read More

New Report Details Horrors LGBTQ+ Refugees, Including Many Catholics, Face in Kenya

A new article from a Catholic media outlet has highlighted the plight of LGBTQ+ refugees, for whom each day is “difficult and full of challenges." In one refugee camp, a majority of these LGBTQ+ refugees are Catholic.  Read More

Malawi’s Bishops Organize Protests Against Court’s Possible Legalization of Homosexuality

Catholic leaders in Malawi organized and led an interfaith protest against LGBTQ+ rights as the nation's criminalization laws currently face a court challenge, while bishops in Cote d'Ivoire decried the country's more permissive laws on LGBTQ+ rights. Read More

New Book Offers “New Ways and Next Steps” for LGBTQ+ Parish Ministry

A new book to help Catholic parishes develop LGBTQ+ ministry is being published in September 2023 by Liturgical Press, a leading Catholic publishing house. The author is Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry's executive director. Read More

How Are Synod Assembly Participants on LGBTQ+ Issues? — Part III

Today's post concludes our series highlighting some of the more LGBTQ-positive participants in this October's assembly for the Synod on Synodality, as the process is informally known. Read More

How Are Synod Assembly Participants on LGBTQ+ Issues? — Part II

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 announced New Ways Ministry's new resource that details what participants in the upcoming Synod assembly in October have said or done when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues. Today, a second batch of participants has been added to that resource. Read More