African LGBTQ+ Advocates Welcome Pope Francis’ Message on Decriminalization

"We think it will change the perception of all the religious people in our countries who think that when you are homosexual, you are to be slaughtered, to be dehumanised, you are devils." Read More

Are Queer Bars More Sacred Than Churches?

'I experienced that genuine, authentic love in gay bars more than I’d ever experienced it growing up in the four walls of the church,' said musician Trey Pearson. Read More

On Eve of Pope’s Visit, South Sudan Official Confuses Criminalization With Marriage Equality

I hope Pope Francis is able to find some way to remind the South Sudanese government, Catholic Church leaders, and people that for peace to prevail, there needs to be justice for all.  Read More

Catholic LGBTQ+ Advocates Welcome Pope Francis’ Denouncement of Criminalization Laws

Catholic LGBTQ+ advocates largely have welcomed Pope Francis' denouncement of laws that criminalize being LGBTQ+. Today's post features a first set of these reactions. Read More

LGBTQ+ Ministry Means the Church Must Risk Beyond Its Comfort Zones

While many readers of Bondings 2.0 (including me) often think of Pope Francis as the most... Read More

New Books from Pope Francis, Benedict XVI Highlight Contrast on Homosexuality

Statements about gay people appear in two new books, one by Pope Francis and one by Benedict XVI, the deceased pope emeritus, predictably falling along the positive and negative approaches expected of each prelate. Read More

Pope Francis Denounces Criminalization Laws, Saying “Being Homosexual Is Not a Crime”

Pope Francis has denounced laws that criminalize LGBTQ+ people, saying "being homosexual is not a crime" and that bishops needed to undergo "a process of conversion" to be more affirming. Read More

New Ways Ministry Rejoices at Pope Francis Condemning Anti-LGBTQ+ Criminalization

New Ways Ministry rejoices because of Pope Francis’ declaration that homosexuality should not be criminalized, a statement which millions of Catholics have long called for from church leaders. Read More

“The Atmosphere Has Changed”: Belgium’s Bishops Discuss Queer Blessings at Vatican

In a few months, as the world marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, there are certain to be many commentaries about what has and has not changed in the church this pontificate. For LGBTQ+ advocates, however, an indication of just how much progress has been attained happened late last year—and offers a prompt to keep pursuing equality in 2023. Read More

Benedict XVI’s Death Highlights the Church’s Changes on LGBTQ+ Issues

Why is there so little commentary on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI? Read More