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Are There Really Two Sides in the Catholic LGBT Discussion?

Have some Catholic discussions have gotten so polarized as to no longer really being debates at all? Read More

The Best Catholic LGBT News Events of 2018

To end 2018 on a positive note, we present to you the results of the Bondings 2.0's readers poll of the Best Catholic LGBT News Events of 2018. Read More

‘Catholic Alt-Right’ Groups Go On Offensive Against LGBT Issues

Though the majority of American Catholics are in favor of LGTBQ+ inclusion in the church, a vocal minority of conservative groups continue to spread harmful rhetoric and practices of exclusion. Read More

Catholic College Stands in Solidarity with LGBTQ People. Who Else Will Do So?

A Jesuit college president has issued a statement in support of LGBTQ people. Why can't other Catholic schools do likewise? Read More

Italian Archbishop Stresses Importance of LGBT Ministry

At Thursday's synod press briefing, one of the featured speakers was Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy.  As far as LGBT issues go, Zuppi is probably best known for writing the preface to Un ponte da costruire, the Italian translation of Fr. James Martin's book, Building a Bridge, about improving the relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church.  Continue reading to learn what he said about LGBT ministry. Read More

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

Fr. James Martin Urges Welcome and Respect for LGBT Catholics at WMF

The movement in the United States and around the world to create LGBT-friendly parishes, which has worked for decades to welcome and include marginalized and alienated people, finally came into its own this week when, at the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Jesuit Father James Martin addressed the gathering about creating inclusive Catholic communities. Read More

Second Pro-LGBT Catholic Organization Has Been Ignored by World Meeting of Families

An international coalition of Catholic LGBT organizations has become the second organization to announce that the World Meeting of Families (WMF) administrators have ignored their application to have an exhibit booth at the Dublin event in August. Read More

Recognizing, Understanding, and Affirming Asexual People

There’s a small change in one of the definitions of Fr. James Martin’s second edition of Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity. The change may be minor, but it makes a world of difference to a particular group of people who are often forgotten.  Read More

Pope Francis: World’s Pastor, Enforcer of Doctrine—or Spiritual Director?

Pope Francis’s declarations on LGBTQ issues have been producing spiritual whiplash. On one hand we have “Who am I to judge?” and “God made you like this. God loves you like this.” On the other, we have a reaffirmation that seminaries should not admit gay men, and no indication that Francis plans to alter basic church teaching on sexuality. How should we understand this complex--or contradictory?--figure? Read More