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Vatican Meeting with LGBT Advocates Is a “Great Step Forward,” But More Action Needed

The Vatican’s meeting on April 5, 2019 with lawyers and leaders from international LGBT human rights organizations is a great step forward for improving the relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church, but more urgent statements and actions are needed. Read More

Pope Francis: “No Son or Daughter Can Be Thrown Out of the Home,” Including LGBTQ Children

Pope Francis again has opined about homosexuality in a seemingly positive, but still ambiguous manner during a recent interview. Read More

“It Can’t Be Bad to Be Gay Because God Created It,” Says Archbishop’s Representative

Catholics in Malta have sharply rejected claims by fellow Christians who support of "ex-gay" therapies, including one Church representative saying "it can't be bad to be gay because God created it" and a group of LGBT Catholics and their parents publishing a supportive open letter. Read More

Archbishop’s Efforts for “Ex-Gay” Therapy Likely Exempted from State Ban on Torturous Practice

Efforts by Colorado's top Church leader to implement "ex-gay" therapies in his diocese will likely be exempted from a pending statewide ban on the torturous practice. That leader has also come out strongly against other legislation which would expand LGBT sexual education in schools. Read More

Reviewers Highlight Lessons for Catholics in New Conversion Therapy Film, “Boy Erased”

"Boy Erased" about a teen's experience with ex-gay conversion therapy is "one of the most important films you will see this year," wrote one reviewer who was not the only person reflecting on the film's connections to Catholic theology. Read More

Would St. Oscar Romero Use the Term “LGBT” and Recognize a Queer Couple’s Love?

His cause stalled for nearly four decades, the institutional church finally recognized yesterday what the people of God have known all along: Monseñor Oscar Romero is a saint! With the Synod on Youth underway in Rome, I suggest here that this newly-canonized, but longtime saint can lead us forward towards LGBT liberation. Read More

Who’s Who? A Look at the LGBT Records of Global Bishops at the Synod on Youth

With the Synod on Youth now underway in Rome, Bondings 2.0 explores the LGBT records of a sampling of delegates from outside the U.S. The following bishops are just some of the 300-plus delegates participating in the Synod (a full list available here). It is unclear if and how LGBT issues will be addressed, who might be the key bishops involved in any discussion, and whether there will be positive outcomes.  Read More

BREAKING NEWS from WMF: Deacon Who Is Father of Transgender and Bisexual Daughters Assists Liturgically at Closing Mass

Deacon Ray Dever, who is the father of a transgender daughter and a bisexual daughter, and who has written eloquently here on Bondings 2.0  about his special family and ministerial roles, is currently serving liturgically at the closing Mass of of the Pastoral Congress portion of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.  Read More

College KofC Grand Knight Ousted Over Sexuality

Andrew Keyes, a graduating senior at Saint Anselm’s College,New Hampshire, has been forced to resign from his role of Grand Knight at the school’s chapter of Knights of Columbus (KofC) over controversy surrounding his sexuality. Read More

Are U.S. Youth’s LGBT-Positive Views Being Represented at Pre-Synod Meeting This Week?

This week in Rome, some 300 youth and young adults are meeting in advance of October's Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Included among the attendees are three people from the U.S., but given their backgrounds, will the overwhelmingly LGBT-positive views of U.S. Catholic young people be fairly represented? Read More