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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

Are Voices of Young U.S. Catholics Being Represented at Synod on Youth?

With the Synod on Youth set to begin today, will the views of young Catholics in the United States on LGBT issues be fairly represented by the nation's bishop-delegates and other participants? Read More

New Book on Catholic Women Includes LGBT Issues Discussions

A new book about Catholic women that includes chapters on LGBT issues was launched in Rome this week in anticipation of the Synod on Youth. Read More

Theology or Ideology? Parsing Vatican Thinking on Sex and Sexuality

Pope Francis’s theology of sex and gender complementarity has hardened into an ideology that uses a single strand strand of reflection about God to powerfully determine Catholic sacrament, canon law, and ethics.   Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Transgender Gubernatorial Candidate Shares about Her Accepting Catholic Family

Christine Hallquist made headlines earlier this year when she became the first transgender person chosen as a major political party's gubernatorial candidate. In advance of her likely election as Vermont's next governor this fall, Hallquist spoke to Vermont Business Magazine about being raised Catholic and having a supportive family. Read More

Top Catholic Ethicist: Do Not Assume Transgender Identities Are “Sinful” or “Disordered”

A leading Catholic ethicist offered positive words about transgender people in a recent interview, saying it should not be assumed that someone naming their gender identity is problematic and that it could be the affirmation of how God created them. Read More