German Bishop Hopes for Development in Church Teaching on Sexuality, But Is Synodal Way the Source?

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 reported on a working document in the German church's Synodal Way process that was about sexuality and relationships, and which has potentially to significant advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church. Today's post features two reactions to that document, as well as one other story from Germany. Read More

Pope Francis to Parents of LGBT Children: ‘The Church Loves Your Children as They Are’

Pope Francis has received a group of Italian parents with LGBT children, who presented the pope with the Italian edition of a new book filled with the stories of such Catholic families. An English edition of the book is due to be released by New Ways Ministry in early October. Read More

Working Document from Germany’s Synodal Way Speaks Positively of Same-Gender Relationships

Participants in Germany's Synodal Way included a working document on sexuality and relationships during regional meetings this month that, if approved later, could move the church forward significantly on LGBTQ inclusion and questions of sexuality more generally. Read More

Polish Bishop Claims LGBTQ Movement Is “Most Serious Threat to Humanity,” But Scholars Are Pushing Back

A Polish bishop claimed in a homily that the LGBTQ movement is "the most serious threat to humanity," escalating tensions in that country between advocates for equality and the nation's episcopate, who have continued to receive criticism. Read More

New Catholic Women’s Guide on Domestic Violence Includes LGBTQ Community

In response to an increase of interpersonal violence during the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic lay women’s group has published a booklet on raising awareness about domestic abuse, and has included LGBTQ relationships in the discussion. Read More

After Catholic School Refuses to Re-Enroll Transgender Student, Neighbors Throw Pride Parade

A transgender boy in Washington, DC, was recently welcomed with open arms by his neighborhood after being rejected by his Catholic elementary school due to his gender identity. The boy's parents have become instrumental advocates in cultivating an affirming space in response to their son’s journey of self-discovery. Read More

Bishop Claims Polish Document Not About Forced Conversion Therapy; LGBTQ Advocates Skeptical

A Polish bishop has rejected claims that the nation's episcopal conference endorsed conversion therapy in a recent document on LGBTQ issues as Catholics worldwide continue their criticism of said document. Read More

Polish Bishops Claim Church Teaching on Homosexuality is “Infallible”

In a new document on LGBTQ issues, the Polish bishops have claimed that church teaching on homosexuality is infallible, as well as advocated for conversion therapy programs. Read More

Catholics Criticize New Archdiocesan Guidelines Against Gender Transition

Catholics and LGBTQ advocates have negatively appraised a new document from the Archdiocese of St. Louis that issues restrictive guidelines on how the church is to engage transgender people. Read More

New Film from Marianist LGBT Initiative Hopes to Be a “Prophetic Witness” for Inclusion

A new film by a group affiliated with the Marianists has premiered that shares the perspectives of LGBT people with that community and the wider church in the hopes of prompting further dialogue about inclusion. Read More