After Criticism, Priest Defends Nativity Scene Depicting Jesus with Two Mothers

An Italian priest has defended a Nativity scene depicting Jesus with two mothers after receiving criticism from right wing activists in the country, saying the scene was meant as a gesture of welcome. Read More

Catholic Summer Camp in Italy Closes After Firing Gay Teacher; And More News

Today's post includes news about a controversy at an Italian summer camp, new comments by former Irish president Mary McAleese, and more.  Read More

Activists Protest Outside Vatican for Lesbian Mothers’ Rights; And More News

Today's post includes news about lesbian activists' protest outside the Vatican in support of mothers' rights, a controversy over a Hungarian Catholic publisher's textbook, and more. Read More

In Italy, Gay Priests Come Out via Letter Decrying Homophobia in the Church; And More News

When Bondings 2.0 first began in 2011, the hope was to find enough content to post once a day. Twelve years later, we consistently find ourselves with too much Catholic LGBTQ+ content! We have stuck to one post per day as a rule, but that at times means some news gets lost and never make it onto the blog. Today's post is a form of our "News Notes" series that features two of these older stories, which are still relevant and worth reading. Read More

Italian Priest Suspended from Ministry Over His Support for LGBTQ+ Relationships

A Catholic priest in Italy was recently suspended from pastoral ministry due to his support for LGBTQ+ couples. Read More

Pope Francis Tells LGBTQ+ Italian Group to Seek Church “That Excludes No One”

Pope Francis recently met with a group of Italian LGBTQ+ advocates to discuss building a more inclusive church, telling them to seek a church "that excludes no one." Read More

Archbishop Appeals to Parents: Accept Your LGBTQ Children as God Does

Two European archbishops offered LGBTQ-positive remarks to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which was marked this past Tuesday. Read More

Italian Legislator Cites Catholic Faith in Decision to Come Out Publicly as Gay

An Italian legislator and former governmental minister came out publicly as gay last month on late-night television, citing his Catholic identity as one of the motivations for affirming his identity. Read More

Court Rules Catholic School Discriminated Against Teacher Fired Over Lesbian Rumors

Italy's highest court has ruled that a Catholic school did discriminate against a teacher it fired over rumors she was lesbian. The ruling could potentially set an LGBTQ-positive precedent in the nation's courts. Read More

Italian Bishops Now Seek Dialogue In Wake of Defeated LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Bill

One of Italy's top bishops has expressed a desire for dialogue after legislators voted down a bill that would have provided non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, a bill the church has strongly opposed up to now. Read More