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

New Ways Ministry Responds to Archbishop Vigano’s Accusations Against Gay Clergy and Pope Francis

While I am in no position to comment on the veracity of Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s recent claims about what Pope Francis and other church officials knew about various cases of clergy sexual abuse, after reading his statement, his emphasis that all of the Catholic Church’s current problems on supposed “homosexual networks” within the Church and also with Pope Francis reads like classic scapegoating.  Read More

WMF Expert Panelists Agree: Gay Priests are NOT the Cause of Clerical Sex Abuse

At the World Meeting of Families, the clergy sex abuse crisis is the #1 topic of controversy, even more than LGBT inclusion. But today the dots were connected between these two discussions. Read More

Laity Key to Releasing Gay Priests from “Lying Trap,” Writes Theologian James Alison

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 outlined the first column in Fr. James Alison's two-part series on homosexuality and the priesthood. Today's post summarizes the second column in The Tablet, which you can read in full here. Read More

Issue of Gay Priests Is the “Elephant in the Sacristy,” Writes Theologian James Alison

Catholics in the United States are reeling after new revelations about sexual abuse that was systematically covered up for decades, including those incidents detailed in a Pennsylvania Grand Jury's report and allegations deemed credible against once-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, In the midst of this pain and anger, some Catholics have targeted gay priests and claimed homosexuality is the root cause of such abuse and maleficence. Theologian James Alison, an openly gay priest, responds. Read More

Cardinal Cupich: On Sexual Abuse, Clerical Culture, Not Gay Priests, at Fault

A top U.S. cardinal has expressed skepticism that gay priests are the cause of clerical sexual abuse, saying instead the problem is clericalism in the Church. Read More

Prominent Anti-Gay Priest Removed from Ministry for Sexually Abusing Patients

A top priest known for practicing gay-negative psychotherapy and as well as being a trusted consultant on homosexuality for the Vatican has been removed from priestly ministry over allegations that he abused patients while attempting to "heal" them of being gay. Read More

Pope Francis Seemingly Re-Affirms Ban on Gay Men in Priesthood

Where does Pope Francis really stand on homosexuality? That question is raised in a new way after news both that he affirmed a gay man’s sexual identity as created by God while concurrently warning against gay men entering the priesthood. Read More

One Gay Priest’s Ups and Downs After Coming Out of the Closet

Milwaukee Magazine has followed up with Fr. Gregory Greiten, the Wisconsin priest who came out as gay to his congregation last December, and has found that in addition to the resounding support his parishioners provided, he is also receiving some negative responses from church officials and conservative Catholic websites. Read More

Gay Priest’s Story Is Evidence of the Need to Do Authentic Ministry

An openly gay priest has shared more details about his coming out story, a reminder of how important it is to do ministry authentically. Read More