Pope Says Most Catholics Will “Gradually” Accept LGBTQ+ Blessings; And More News

As the debate over Fiducia Supplicans continues unabated in 2024, so, too, seem to be Pope Francis' interventions about the declaration, which allows blessings for same-gender couples. Today's post features news about the pope's remarks and other developments. Read More

Africa’s Prelates Refuse to Bless LGBTQ+ Couples; One Archbishop Breaks Ranks

The debate over Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican’s declaration allowing blessings for couples in “irregular” situations, continues unabated. In posts yesterday and today, Bondings 2.0 is reporting on the latest developments. Today’s post focuses on global bishops' responses, particularly in Africa. Read More

Cameroonian Priest: African Synod Delegates Likely to Resist Pro-LGBTQ+ Ideas

A Cameroonian priest has suggested that African delegates to the Synod on Synodality assembly next month may be quite resistant to any efforts at being more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. Read More

New Report Details Horrors LGBTQ+ Refugees, Including Many Catholics, Face in Kenya

A new article from a Catholic media outlet has highlighted the plight of LGBTQ+ refugees, for whom each day is “difficult and full of challenges." In one refugee camp, a majority of these LGBTQ+ refugees are Catholic.  Read More

Malawi’s Bishops Organize Protests Against Court’s Possible Legalization of Homosexuality

Catholic leaders in Malawi organized and led an interfaith protest against LGBTQ+ rights as the nation's criminalization laws currently face a court challenge, while bishops in Cote d'Ivoire decried the country's more permissive laws on LGBTQ+ rights. Read More

What the Synod on Synodality’s Continental Reports Say about LGBTQ+ Issues: Part II

The Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality has now concluded following regional assemblies this spring. With its conclusion come reports from the assemblies. Today's post features a round up of areas in these reports that name LGBTQ+ issues from North America, Oceania, Africa, and the "Digital Synod." Read More

Jesuit Says Politicians Use Anti-LGBTQ+ Criminalization to Distract from Real Problems

A Catholic priest has criticized certain political leaders in Africa for using the criminalization of homosexuality as a diversion from addressing real problems. Read More

African LGBTQ+ Advocates Welcome Pope Francis’ Message on Decriminalization

"We think it will change the perception of all the religious people in our countries who think that when you are homosexual, you are to be slaughtered, to be dehumanised, you are devils." Read More

Pope Francis Calling on African Bishops to Oppose LGBT Discrimination, Says Theologian

More than a week after Pope Francis released Amoris Laetitia, his apostolic exhortation on family, new... Read More

Malawi Bishops' Anti-Gay Remarks Raise Human Rights Issues

LGBT communities in a number of African nations face some of the world’s most oppressive... Read More