Bishop Johan Bonny Says Blessing LGBTQ+ Couples Is “Aligned with Pope Francis”

A pro-LGBTQ+ bishop has said the Flemish bishops' decision to bless same-gender couples is accepted by Pope Francis, a fact he grounded in his personal conversation with the pope. But not all church leaders agree. Read More

Flemish Bishops’ Leader on LGBTQ+ Ministry Roots Efforts in Pope Francis’ Teachings

The Flemish bishops in Belgium have appointed a gay layman to direct the newly-established multi-diocesan LGBTQ+ ministry entitled “Homosexuality & Faith.”  Read More

U.S. Bishops’ Synod Report Includes a Mixed Message on LGBTQ+ Issues

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released its national synthesis for the Synod on Synodality, which includes LGBTQ+ issues, although in a mixed way that is not entirely positive. Read More

Australian Bishops Issue Nuanced Guide on Transgender Issues in Catholic Education

Australia's bishops have published a new guide about gender in Catholic education that, while adhering to transgender-negative beliefs, presents a more nuanced approach than similar diocesan policies in the United States. Read More

Ignoring Vatican Ban, Bishops in Belgium Release Liturgy to Bless LGBTQ Couples

The Flemish bishops have released a new liturgy to bless same-gender couples, citing Amoris Laetitia in doing so and defying directly the Vatican's 2021 ban on such liturgies. Read More

Synodal Way: Pope Francis, Bishops Must Act to Affirm Transgender and Intersex People

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 reported on positive LGBTQ-related developments that occurred at the latest assembly of Germany's Synodal Way. Today's post looks more closely at one of the documents approved related to gender diversity. Read More

Synodal Way: Church Should No Longer List Same-Gender Sex as Sin Against Chastity

An assembly of Germany's Synodal Way passed several LGBTQ-affirming resolutions last weekend, though a main document calling for the church church to reconsider its sexual ethics failed to pass. In posts today and tomorrow, Bondings 2.0 will update readers on what happened and what it may mean. Read More

German Bishop Condemns “Barbaric” Murder of Transgender Man at Pride Celebration

A German bishop has decried the murder of a transgender man, saying there should be no tolerance for any form of discrimination, including against LGBTQ+ people. Read More

Three Catholic Schools Reject Omaha Archdiocese’s New Anti-Transgender Policy

Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha have made clear they will not be adopting new transgender-negative policies, the implementation of which has now been delayed, as Bondings 2.0 reported yesterday. Read More

After Criticism, Omaha Archdiocese Delays Anti-Transgender Policy Implementation

A newly-announced policy on gender identity for the Archdiocese of Omaha's Catholic parishes and schools has now been retracted for revisions. Today's post features details of this development, while tomorrow's post is about the Catholic schools already objecting to the policy. Read More