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German Diocese Issues Remarkably LGBTQ-Positive Guidelines for Sex Education

A German diocese has released new guidelines on sex education that are remarkably LGBTQ-positive, including an appreciation of diverse sexual identities and an opening blessing same-gender couples. Read More

“The Atmosphere Has Changed”: Belgium’s Bishops Discuss Queer Blessings at Vatican

In a few months, as the world marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, there are certain to be many commentaries about what has and has not changed in the church this pontificate. For LGBTQ+ advocates, however, an indication of just how much progress has been attained happened late last year—and offers a prompt to keep pursuing equality in 2023. Read More

Top German Lay Catholic Organizations Endorses New Transgender Rights Legislation

Two of Germany's top Catholic lay organizations have endorsed proposed civil legislation to expand transgender rights. Read More

Reform-Minded German Bishop Says Beginning LGBTQ+ Ministry Is “No Big Deal”

A German bishop has endorsed LGBTQ+ pastoral ministry by suggesting it is “no big deal,” adding theology must be done not in the abstract, but with specific people in mind. Read More

German Bishops Approve Employment Law Reforms to Protect LGBTQ+ Church Workers

The German bishops have reformed church employment policies to recommend that church workers in same-gender relationships or who are divorced and remarried should not lose their jobs because of personal situations. Read More

Germany’s Franciscan Friars Elect Openly Gay Brother as New Provincial Leader

Germany's male Franciscans have elected an openly gay brother as their new leader, who becomes one of the most high-profile out LGBTQ+ church leader to date. 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

Synodal Way: Church Should No Longer List Same-Gender Sex as Sin Against Chastity

An assembly of Germany's Synodal Way passed several LGBTQ-affirming resolutions last weekend, though a main document calling for the church church to reconsider its sexual ethics failed to pass. In posts today and tomorrow, Bondings 2.0 will update readers on what happened and what it may mean. Read More

German Bishop Condemns “Barbaric” Murder of Transgender Man at Pride Celebration

A German bishop has decried the murder of a transgender man, saying there should be no tolerance for any form of discrimination, including against LGBTQ+ people. Read More

Church’s Homosexuality Teaching Needs “Clear Adjustment,” Writes German Lay Leader

The head of Germany's largest lay association has written that the church needs a "clear adjustment" in its teachings on homosexuality, coming the same week the Vatican issued further criticism of that nation's Synodal Way process. Read More