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Bishop Says Gender Transitions Are Equivalent to Having Hand Amputated for a Pirate Hook

A bishop in Massachusetts has compared gender transitions to someone having their hand amputated to install a pirate hook, suggesting that transgender identities are "rooted in unsupportable science" and are more akin to the heresy of Gnosticism. Read More

“Lazarus, come out! . . . . Unbind him, let him go free.” 

For the past few months, Bondings 2.o has been posting reflections from our readers on the... Read More

‘Transforming’ Illustrates the Richness of Trans-Inclusive Faith Communities

Austen Hartke's book, "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" examines gender through a Christian lens and is a timely work in an historical moment where transgender rights are under attack. Read More

Church Teaching on Sexuality and Gender Must Reflect LGBT People’s Realities, Says Theologian

The Catholic Church must treat LGBT people as a reality and develop a theology of sex and gender that reflects that reality, wrote a theologian at Fordham University. Read More

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, Reflecting on Victims as “Dangerous Memories” Proclaiming God’s Reign

Today, marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember these victims and the hundreds of other trans people who suffer lethal violence worldwide. But memorializing is not enough. We must let their "dangerous memories" speak loudly, and by doing so be orient us towards a world where trans equality is our reality. Read More

Will the U.S. Bishops Help Donald Trump “Erase” Transgender People?

With President Donald Trump seeking to erase transgender people as a category, will the U.S. bishops be complicit in this egregious human rights violation or will they at last defend the trans community when it faces attacks? Read More

Reports from Synod Working Groups Reveal an Awareness of Sexuality, But Lack LGBT-Specific Discussions

Detailed reports from the language-based working groups at the Synod on Youth were released yesterday. Most of the 14 groups at least touched on questions of sexuality, but none really engaged LGBT issues specifically. Read More

At Synod on Youth, French Bishop Says, “We mustn’t be afraid of sexuality!”

A French bishop participating at the Synod on Youth has called on the church to not be afraid of sexuality, but to instead begin an honest conversation about it and engage LGBT youth and their allies with a new pastoral model. Read More

Outside Synod, Feminist Catholics Call for Solidarity Between LGBT Communities and Catholic Women

Like openly LGBT people, Catholic women exist almost exclusively at the Synod on Youth's margins. That rejection is why solidarity between these communities will be key to winning equality, said feminist panelists at an event in Rome earlier this week. 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