Pope Responds with “Open Heart” to Pro-LGBTQ+ Parents’ Critical Letter

With what he called an "open heart," Pope Francis has replied to group of Catholic parents with LGBTQ+ children, which had written to the pontiff about Dignitas Infinita, the Vatican's transgender-negative declaration on human dignity published last month. Read More

Pope Provides Sr. Jeannine a Clarification of “Dignitas Infinita”

I wrote a note to Pope Francis to tell him about my sadness and my disappointment with the use of the concept, “gender ideology.” Read More

Pope Francis Says Former Pope Benedict XVI Defended Him on Civil Unions; More News

Today's post includes news about a new book from Pope Francis, reflections on Trans Day of Visibility, and a Catholic high school student's efforts to stop anti-LGBTQ+ policies. Read More

Vatican Deprives Transgender People Means of Survival, Writes Theologian; More News

In the two weeks since Dignitas Infinita, the Vatican's declaration on human dignity that included negative sections on gender identity and transitions, was released, numerous commentaries about it have been published. Posts yesterday and today have featured some of these commentaries, more of which are included below. For all of Bondings 2.0’s coverage of the declaration and its reception, click here. Read More

Gender Identity Should Be on Synod Agenda—And It Is Now, Writes Paul Elie

Criticism and commentary about Dignitas Infinita, the Vatican's transgender-negative declaration on human dignity, has continued steadily in the week since the document's release. Today's post features insights from Paul Elie, a senior fellow at Georgetown University, who published his criticisms in The New Yorker. Read More

Vatican’s Doctrine Chief on Criminalization Laws: “When I Read Them I Wanted to Die”

At a press conference to release the Vatican's new declaration on human dignity, which made headlines for condemning gender theory, the top doctrinal official also made positive comments about homosexuality. Yet, he doubled down on the declaration's anti-transgender aspects, too. Read More

New Ways Ministry: Vatican Document on Human Dignity Fails LGBTQ+ People

The new Vatican document, Dignitas Infinita, fails terribly by offering transgender and nonbinary people not infinite, but limited human dignity. While it lays out a wonderful rationale for why each human being, regardless of condition in life, must be respected, honored, and loved, it does not apply this principle to gender-diverse people. Read More

Mother of Transgender Child Writes to Pope Francis: “Stop Putting Limits on God’s Love!”

I humbly ask you, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders to re-examine Catholic doctrine about the LGBTQ+ community. We must stop putting limits on God’s love and divinity. Read More

LGBTQ+ Issues May Not Be on the Synod’s Agenda This October. I Still Have Hope.

What big decisions are going to come out of the Synod on Synodality's General Assembly at the Vatican in October, especially decisions related to LGBTQ+ Catholics? Recently, we got a pretty clear answer. Read More

Pope Francis: Same-Gender Couples “Live the Gift of Love” and Deserve Protection

Pope Francis has reaffirmed his support for same-gender civil unions, writing that such couples "who live the gift of love an have legal coverage like everyone else." He made other LGBTQ-positive remarks as he marks eleven years as pope. Read More