On Anti-LGBT Bullying, Catholic Educators Should Follow Church of England’s Lead

The Church of England's new guidelines on anti-bullying in schools encourage students to "play with the many cloaks of identity," an approach that would be well-suited for Catholic schools as well. Read More

Fr. Richard Rohr on Sexuality, Gender, and Our Identity in Christ

"Sexuality and gender identity elicit so many strong feelings and even irrational opinions because they touch upon something foundational. If you don’t recognize the sacred at this deep level of identity and desire, I don’t know if you will be able to see it anywhere else." For more wisdom from Fr. Richard Rohr, read on! Read More

Firings, Funerals, Fear . . . and Food

Over the last year and half, the media has focused attention on large, growing divisions in American society. Even in the American Catholic world, divisions both between and within the hierarchy and laity can sometimes become pronounced. For example, the cycle of action and reaction to same-sex marriage continues at all levels in the Catholic Church. Among the worst responses have been when LGBT people are fired from Catholic jobs. Church officials proclaim “scandal,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that their own actions and communications are exceedingly cruel and scandalous. The cycle of outrage continues with the recent news that a second U.S. diocese – Madison, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Bishop Robert Morlino - has determined that funerals should be denied to people in same gender civil marriages. Morlino joins Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois who gave similar directions to his diocesan personnel last summer, prompting quite a backlash. Read More

Diocese Defends Guidelines on Denying Funerals to Married Lesbian/Gay Catholics

LGBT advocates have sharply criticized guidelines from the Diocese of Madison that would bar married lesbian/gay Catholics from receiving funerals in the church, prompting a defense from Bishop Robert Morlino and the Diocese. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis on Respecting Consciences

Addressing new bishops in September, Pope Francis invited them to be more respectful of people's consciences and address their concrete realities rather than just pontificating theory. He told those gathered. . . Read More

Will Sexual Orientation Derail Canonization for Fr. Mychal Judge?

As regular readers of Bondings 2.0 may be aware, New Ways Ministry has launched a campaign to find people who knew Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, the New York City Fire Department Chaplain who died in the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11.  The purpose is finding such people is to assist a Vatican researcher who is exploring the canonization of this Franciscan priest who ministered to many marginalized communities, including LGBT Catholics. This campaign hit a little bump in the road last month . . . . Read More

Church Officials Impose Strict Gender Norms on Young Children, But Why?

Two incidents at Catholic parishes reveal a troubling attempt in the church to impose gender norms as if matters of faith, and raise questions about how church officials' are using their power against gender non-conforming children. Read More

On Coming Out, Queer Catholic Says “I Think Hope is Huge”

Lizzie Sextro identifies as a faithful Catholic queer woman. She shared about her own coming out story that involved bringing together these multiple identities in what she described as a "difficult process." But she holds onto hope that changing is coming to the church. Read her full story. . . Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: ‘You belong here. It’s about time somebody says that to you.’

“Gays and lesbians are welcome in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. “That’s the message the Most Rev. Walter F. Sullivan, the bishop of the diocese, brought yesterday to a gathering of 250 people at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for what organizers said was the first official Mass for gays and lesbians in Richmond. ” ‘You belong here,’ Sullivan told the group. ‘It’s about time somebody says that to you.’ “ Read More

Diocese: Pastors Can Deny Funerals to Married Lesbian and Gay Catholics

A second bishop in the U.S. has suggested Catholic funerals be denied to people in same-gender civil marriages, going so far as to suggest the deceased be remembered without being named at all. . . Read More