Catholic Schools in Ireland Reject Bishops’ Sexuality Curriculum Over LGBTQ Concerns

At least three Catholic schools in Ireland have rejected a controversial curriculum on sexuality and relationships developed by the nation's bishops, a rejection due, in part, to the curriculum's LGBTQ-negative teachings. Read More

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Freedom Week Helps Perpetuate Another “Big Lie”

Later this month is the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Religious Freedom Week, an eight-day period when Catholics are supposed to pray and act on alleged threats to religious liberty. While some concerns are valid, the bishops' conference is again spreading disinformation in its attempt to suppress LGBTQ rights. Read More

An Increasing Number of Canadian Catholic School Districts Opt to Fly Pride Flags

Readers of Bondings 2.0 will recount how, year after year, there are disputes in Canada's publicly-funded Catholic school districts about whether and how to recognize Pride Month each June. Many of these disputes center around flying rainbow flags. Thankfully, this year more districts have taken the positive step of choosing to do so, though not all. Read More

Polish Priest Advocates Genital Mutilation, Electric Shocks as Cures for Homosexuality

A priest in Poland taught school children that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be “cured” with electric shocks and genital mutilation, leading to support from a national politician and criticism from his diocese. Read More

LGBTQ Youth as Subjects in Catholic Teaching on Families

Catholic theology is beginning to see queer youth as subjects, opening the door for necessary discussions on what they deserve and how they can thrive. Read More

Diocese Stalls Church Property Sale Over Nonprofit’s Care for Transgender Youth

A Michigan diocese’s property covenant prohibits buyers from supporting transgender youth, so the proposed sale of a shuttered Catholic church is at a standstill. Read More

Amid Sex Ed Debate, Mary McAleese Says She Regrets Sending Children to Catholic Schools

Ireland’s former president is at odds with one of the country’s top archbishops in the debate over a sexual education curriculum for Catholic schools, which has caused some people to re-examine the relationship between church and state when it comes to Ireland’s schools. Read More

World’s Largest Publicly-Funded Catholic School System Set to Fly Pride Flags This June

In an affirming and significant decision, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will celebrate Pride Month by flying rainbow flags this June. Read More

Non-Binary Student Leads Movement to Fly Rainbow Flags at Catholic Schools This June

Whether and how to mark Pride Month in Canada’s Catholic schools has been a point of contention in past years, and 2021 has been no different. Today and tomorrow, Bondings 2.0 will look at how two different Catholic school systems responded to requests to fly Pride flags. Read More

Gay Writer Explores Lifelong Shame Produced by His Catholic Upbringing

The effects of growing up as a gay youth in a conservative Catholic setting have been long-lasting for one writer who recently described his experience in a newspaper column. He is not alone: research shows that growing up in an environment of intense shame often has deep psychological effects that can stay with a person for a lifetime. Read More