CATHOLIC HISTORY: Fairfield University Debates Existence of Lesbian/Gay Student Group

Like many U.S. Jesuit colleges, and indeed many U.S. Catholic colleges, Fairfield University, Connecticut, today has a strong support system in place for LGBTQ+ students and staff.  It's instructive to remember that a wonderfully supportive environment like this didn't grow out of nowhere.  It came about because of courageous pioneers. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Irish Theologian Urges Greater Acceptance of Gays

March, a month in which we all celebrate Irish heritage, has had some shaky news about relationships between the Irish and LGBT communities. But 18 years ago, an eminent Irish theologian was arguing for greater LGBT inclusion in the church. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Responding to the Murder of Matthew Shepard

The United States and the world were stunned and horrified 19 years ago when the battered and tortured body of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was found tied to a prairie fence outside Laramie.   Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Bishop Gumbleton’s Tour of LGBT Listening Sessions

When the history of LGBT issues in the Catholic Church gets written, a large chapter (or maybe several) will have to be devoted to Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, now a retired auxiliary bishop in Detroit, Michigan.   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

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Cardinal O’Connor Decries Violence Against Lesbian & Gay People

Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who was Archbishop of New York in the 1980s and 1990s had a long history of statements and actions offensive to the LGBT community.  Among other things, he supported the ban on Irish LGBT groups in the N.Y. St. Patrick's Day Parade and he challenged Mayor Ed Koch's Executive Order 50 which banned sexual orientation discrimination in employment for groups that had contracts with the city.  Yet, he was also known to volunteer at a Catholic hospital, tending to patients with HIV/AIDS at a time when many others shunned any physical contact with the syndrome's victims. Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Holy Unions

“This Month in Catholic LGBT History” is Bondings 2.0’s  feature to educate readers of the rich history—positive and... Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Hawaii Bishop Raises $$$ to Oppose Marriage Equality

“This Month in Catholic LGBT History” is Bondings 2.0’s  feature to educate readers of the rich history—positive and... Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Dutch Bishops’ Statement Critiques Negative Approach to Lesbians and Gays

“This Month in Catholic LGBT History” is Bondings 2.0’s  feature to educate readers of the rich history—positive and... Read More

CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Diocese Supported Maine Gay Rights Bill

“This Month in Catholic LGBT History” is Bondings 2.0’s  feature to educate readers of the rich history—positive and... Read More