3,000+ Catholics Sign New Ways Ministry’s Pledge to Bless Same-Gender Couples

The largest single protest by Catholics against the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender unions has been published online with over 3,000 people participating, including over 100 theologians. Read More

Cardinal Schönborn: Same-Gender Couples Seeking Blessing Should Not Be Denied

A top church leader in Austria has said in an interview that same-gender couples should not be denied a blessing by the church if the request for the blessing is "honest."  Read More

Bishop John Stowe Endorses Equality Act, Breaking with U.S. Bishops’ Conference

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington has broken with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) by supporting the Equality Act, saying "How can we take a position against equality?" Read More

In Wake of Vatican Ban, Reckoning with the Two Faces of Pope Francis on LGBTQ Issues

At the center of the dispute over the Vatican's recent ban on blessing same-gender couples has been Pope Francis' role. Bondings 2.0 published earlier this week on reports that the pope tried to distance himself from the ban in his Sunday Angelus address, but many people still continue to criticize the pope. When it comes to Francis, it seems there is no resolution yet on what some observers consider his two faces on LGBTQ issues. Read More

Fr. James Alison Writes Vatican Threw “Tantrum” with Blessings Ban

Fr. James Alison, a gay priest and theologian, has written that the Vatican's responsum that banned blessings for same-gender couples was a "tantrum." Elsewhere, Fr. Frank Brennan writes that, ultimately, it is God, not the church, who decides about blessing love. Read More

Former Irish President Mary McAleese Calls Vatican Ban “Gratuitously Cruel in the Extreme”; And Other Irish Reactions

Irish Catholics are resisting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, including the country's former president, Mary McAleese, who called it "gratuitously cruel in the extreme." Read More

More Than 200 German Theologians Issue Statement Opposed to Vatican’s Blessings Ban

More than 200 German theologians published a statement in opposition to the Vatican's responsum released last week that banned blessings for same-gender couples, adding to intensifying criticism from many sectors of the German-speaking church. Read More

Pope Francis Seen As Distancing Himself from Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

A key point of contention in the debate over the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's (CDF) document last Monday that banned blessings for same-gender couples is what role Pope Francis played in its promulgation. A new report from America suggests the pope took a step on Sunday to distance himself from the document. Read More

U.S. Catholics Roundly Condemn Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

Catholic advocates for LGBTQ equality have reacted strongly against the Vatican's response ad dubium yesterday in which it banned the blessing of same-gender unions. Read More

Bishops’ Statements Reveal Divisions Over Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Unions

With each passing hour it seems, news breaks about another church leader or Catholic group offering their thoughts about the Vatican's responsum earlier this week that banned blessings for same-gender unions. While much of the commentary has been condemnatory of the Vatican's action, some ranking church leaders have come to its defense. Read More