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Catholic Chaplains “Outing” LGBTQ Service Members Leads to Defense Minister Apology

The United Kingdom's Defense Minister has apologized to LGBTQ military service members outed by Catholic military chaplains who reportedly broke the seal of confession and betrayed the confidentiality of pastoral encounters. Read More

Student’s Attempted Extortion of LGBTQ Teacher a Call to Action for Catholic Schools

A recent Twitter thread emphasized the harm done to LGBTQ church workers when toxic atmospheres regarding gender and sexuality exist at Catholic institutions. Read More

Will LGBTQ Church Worker Firings Stop in 2020? That is One Friar’s Hope!

What do the 2020s hold for Catholic LGBTQ issues? It is harder to predicate church developments in the age of Pope Francis. But Franciscan Fr. Dan Horan ventured one hope for the next decade in regards to the spate of LGBTQ church employment disputes over this past decade. Read More

Dismissed Gay Priest Wins Vatican Appeal

A gay priest dismissed from ministry after coming out has been reinstated by the Vatican, which reversed the dismissal on appeal due to lack of any clear charges or evidence. Read More

Brazil’s Bishops Silent After Violence Targeting Pro-LGBTQ Comedy Group; Other News Updates

Today's post features several news items on Catholic LGBTQ issues, including the silence of Brazil's bishops on recent violence, a U.S. ambassador's use of Pope Francis to criminalize anti-LGBTQ criminalization, and more. Read More

Lesbian Softball Coach Fired Over Same-Gender Marriage; Other News Items

Today's post includes stories about a lesbian softball coach fired for being in a same-gender marriage, another fired church worker's settlement in her discrimination lawsuit, and how the Vatican funded the Elton John biopic.  Read More

Vote for the Best and Worst Catholic LGBTQ News of 2019!

As we have done every year since 2012, Bondings 2.0 is turning to its readers to ask “What were the best and worst Catholic LGBTQ news events of 2019?”  Read More

Why the U.S. Bishops Can’t Have It Both Ways

If some bishops get their way to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, it would erode the firewall intended to prevent religious institutions from controlling government, and vice versa. Read More

Latest Church Worker Firing in Indianapolis Shows Need for Active Lay Leadership in Church

The spate of firings in Indianapolis is a moment for Catholic laypeople to exercise their ecclesial and moral authority to denounce the unjust discrimination against LGBTQ church employees. Read More

In Indianapolis, Catholic School Students Protest Spate of Church Worker Firings

After their teacher was fired for being married to another woman, students at a Catholic school in Indianapolis formed a group to respond and push for a more inclusive church. Shelly Fitzgerald, a co-director of guidance at Roncalli High School, was "abruptly given an ultimatum and required to choose between her job as codirector of guidance or her same-sex marriage," as reported by a new article in U.S. Catholic. Read More