Persisting Like the Widow: A Transgender Catholic’s Journey to Prayer

LGBTQ+ Catholics and allies might struggle with faith in the face of persistent injustice. I certainly did. Read More

Across U.S., Catholic Educators Criticize Wave of Diocesan Anti-Transgender Policies

Catholic educators are saving lives as they build communities of welcome for LGBTQ+ students despite some dioceses' attempts to enact transgender-exclusionary policies.  Read More

Archdiocese Quits Program to Feed Hungry Kids Over Proposed LGBTQ+ Protections

Proposals to extend federal Title IX protections to LGBTQ+ students are gaining traction in the U.S., which has prompted some Catholic organizations to push back, including one archdiocese that withdrew from a program to feed food-insecure kids. Read More

Appeals Court Rules Catholic Healthcare System May Deny Care to Transgender Patients

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is permanently barred from requiring a Catholic hospital network in Indiana and Illinois to perform or provide insurance coverage for services related to gender transition or abortion. Read More

New Zealand Bishops’ New Gender Policy for Catholic Schools Relies on Social Justice

New Zealand's bishops have released pastoral guidelines on sexual and gender diversity in Catholic schools which are far more inclusive and respectful than many other gender policies announced in recent years. Read More

LGBTQ+ Catholic Pilgrims Recognized During Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica

A pilgrimage of LGBTQ+ Catholics celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the organizing group, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC), being recognized at the liturgy. 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

Indonesian Catholics Oppose Government Order to Suppress LGBTQ+ Education

Catholics in predominantly-Muslim Indonesia have become vocal opponents of a new provincial order aimed at suppressing LGBTQ+ people in education, as the Catholics argue the order could institutionalize discrimination. Read More

Pope Francis’ Welcome Is Life Changing for Community of Trans Women in Italy

For a community of trans women in Italy, finding welcome at a Catholic church—and from Pope Francis himself—has been life changing.  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