Are All Sides Equally to Blame for Synod’s LGBT Remarks?

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 featured reactions to the Synod on Youth from several LGBT-positive observers. Today's post engages a more moderate voice when it comes to the Synod and LGBT issues, one whose analysis ultimately fails due to false equivocation. Read More

Pro-LGBT Catholics Are Disappointed and Hopeful After Synod on Youth

Many reactions and commentaries on the Synod of Youth have appeared since the gathering's conclusion just over a week ago, many of which touch on LGBT issues. Today's post highlights some notable pieces from LGBT-positive voices with links provided for further reading; tomorrow's post will examine how LGBT-negative Catholics are reacting. Read More

Catholics Experiencing “Toxic Atmosphere” During New Wave of Anti-LGBT Hate in the Church

With a gay church worker having to resign after right-wing attacks and new protests mounting, this moment in the church is one of new hate about which Catholics should be concerned, according to several LGBT experts. Read More

Synod on Youth’s Final Report Is a Mixed Bag on LGBT Issues

The Vatican's Synod on Youth has issued its final report, and its comments on LGBT issues are a mixed bag.  Read More

German Youth’s Message to Synod: “Why should people be judged by who they love?”

Thomas Andonie is the president of the Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend (Federation of German Catholic Youth). He also has a passion for justice in the church. and was selected to be the nation's youth auditor at the synod on youth. He used part of his 4 minute talk at the meeting to raise the question of LGBT inequality in the church. Read More

Press Briefing and Small Group Reports Bring Only Vague LGBT References

LGBT topics were discussed at the synod press briefing on Saturday, the same day that the third set of reports from the small group discussion groups were released which also contained some references to LGBT issues. Overall, it doesn't look like the synod has pushed the needle on LGBT issues very far. Read More

Linking Gay Priests to Sexual Abuse is “Discrimination,” Church Needs to Address Sexual Hypocrisy, Says German Official

A top church official in Germany has rejected claims that gay priests are a cause of clergy sexual abuse, saying such ides are discriminatory. He also said the church can no longer be hypocritical by preaching its sexual morality while knowing few practice it. Read More

Reports from Synod Working Groups Reveal an Awareness of Sexuality, But Lack LGBT-Specific Discussions

Detailed reports from the language-based working groups at the Synod on Youth were released yesterday. Most of the 14 groups at least touched on questions of sexuality, but none really engaged LGBT issues specifically. Read More

Outside Synod, Feminist Catholics Call for Solidarity Between LGBT Communities and Catholic Women

Like openly LGBT people, Catholic women exist almost exclusively at the Synod on Youth's margins. That rejection is why solidarity between these communities will be key to winning equality, said feminist panelists at an event in Rome earlier this week. Read More

Theology or Ideology? Parsing Vatican Thinking on Sex and Sexuality

Pope Francis’s theology of sex and gender complementarity has hardened into an ideology that uses a single strand strand of reflection about God to powerfully determine Catholic sacrament, canon law, and ethics.   Read More