U.S. Catholics, Including Sisters of Mercy, Express Pain About Vatican Blessings Ban

Despite the Vatican's attempt to end the conversation on blessing same-gender couples, negative reactions to the ban continue to pour in from all parts of the Catholic world. Some of that conversation is about the difficult navigation of LGBTQ Catholics choosing to remain in the church or leave, and the losses that such leaving cause to the church. Read More

Globally, More and More Catholics in Ministry Object to Vatican’s Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

Clergy and pastoral ministers are still issuing statements of support for and promises of solidarity with the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's ban on blessing same-gender couples. Today's post features some of those reactions from outside the United States. Read More

Organizations Representing One Million Catholic Women Call for Same-Gender Blessings

Organizations representing a million Catholic women in the German-speaking areas of four countries have released an open letter protesting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples and calling for a renewal of church teaching. Meanwhile, a key cardinal who has been critical of the ban has weighed in again. Read More

100+ Theologians Support New Ways Ministry’s Pledge to Bless Same-Gender Couples

Catholic theologians are speaking out about why they support New Ways Ministry's pledge to bless same-gender couples, signed by more than 3,000 Catholics since it was launched in response to the Vatican's ban on such blessings. Read More

Majority of Synodal Way’s Sexuality Forum Wants Same-Gender Blessings, Says Co-Chair

A co-chair of the German Synodal Way's working group on sexuality said that a majority of the forum's members had expressed support for blessing same-gender couples, even after the Vatican attempted to ban such blessings. Read More

Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings Imperils LGBTQ People, Say African Activists

LGBTQ Catholics worldwide continue to resist the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples. Today's post features some of those reactions, including from activists in two African countries. Read More

Irish Bishop Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessings “Cold and Distant…Hurtful and Offensive”

A bishop in Ireland has become the latest church leader to voice opposition to the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples.  Read More

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

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