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Is An Obsession with Stopping LGBTQ Equality Preventing Bishops from Saying “Black Lives Matter”?

In recent months, more and more people in the United States and around the world have proclaimed that Black Lives Matter. These three words represent a truth too often buried and a movement for justice too long denied. But notably, bishops in the U.S. have overall been unable to utter these words, and part of their reluctance can be traced to their obsession with stopping LGBTQ rights. Read More

LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Philadelphia’s New Archbishop as “Breath of Fresh Air”

Philadelphia's new archbishop has given LGBTQ people and allies hope that a new day of greater inclusivity and few culture wars has dawned for them, or at the very least a leader who could not be worse than his predecessor. Read More

Reclaiming the Real Definition of Religious Freedom

"As LGBTQ people and as Catholics, we need to reject the misleading opposition of religious freedom and civil rights, reclaiming religious freedom on both Catholic and constitutional terms." Read More

Pope Francis’ Meeting with Fr. James Martin Rebukes Culture War Bishops, Raises Questions on Inclusion

The private audience between Pope Francis and Fr. James Martin, SJ, reverberated through all sides of the LGBTQ equality debate in the Catholic Church. But beyond a papal affirmation of the latter's LGBTQ ministry, what significance is there to the meeting? Today's post features two commentaries on this question. Read More

John Gehring: Bishops Need a “Year of Abstinence” from Preaching on Sexuality and Gender

Catholic bishops have an authority crisis that seemingly intensifies daily as more LGBTQ church workers are fired and new cover ups of clergy sexual abuse are revealed. One Catholic leader has a suggestion for them: stop preaching about sexuality and gender for a year. Read More

Magazine Barred from Church Property After Criticizing Bishop Who Sent Homophobic Tweet

A Catholic bishop who sent a homophobic tweet warning Pride events are harmful to children has now barred a Rhode Island magazine critical of him from hosting an event at a Church-owned facility. This incident is but the latest controversy relating to the Catholic Church and Pride, but despite harmful comments, many Catholics continue to celebrate Pride. Read More

NEWS NOTES: Pax Christi Group Forms LGBT Ministry; John Gehring Appeals for Civility; and More

Today's post features stories on a local chapter of Pax Christi USA that started an LGBT group, the way Polish politicians with close ties to the Church are attacking LGBT rights, and more. Read More

The Catholic Hierarchy’s Evolution on LGBT Topics

"Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?" That's the intriguing headline on a recent New York Times  op-ed, penned by John Gehring, Catholic Program Director of Faith in Public Life. Read More

Catholic Responses Limited on U.S. Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Ruling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, concerning a baker who refused services to a same-gender couple. Normally, shortly after a significant event like the ruling, Bondings 2.0 compiles responses from Catholic individuals, organizations, and other relevant voices. But we have not published such a post until now as we expected more responses than the few published. Read More

Rhode Island Bishop Condemns Pride Celebrations as “Morally Offensive”

As June begins, a bishop in Rhode Island has warned Catholics against participating in Pride celebrations because it "promotes a lifestyle and agenda that, in the extreme, is morally offensive." Read More