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Trump Administration Backs Archdiocese That Forced Catholic School to Fire Gay Employee

Today's post includes three updates out of Indianapolis regarding church employment disputes. First, the Trump administration has stated its support for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which is being sued by an employee fired from a Catholic school because of their same-gender marriage. Second, a canon lawyer has said the Vatican's lifting of ecclesiastical suspensions against Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is "exceptional." Third, Shelly Fitzgerald participated in a Democratic presidential debate. Read More

U.S. Bishops Applaud Trump Administration Proposal Allowing Anti-LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

Top U.S. bishops have welcomed the Trump administration's proposed rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Read More

Indianapolis Catholic Schools Exclude Brebeuf Jesuit Students from Athletic Competition

Catholic schools in Indianapolis have excluded student-athletes at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School from participating in a joint competition, a decision made following the archbishop's decree removing the school's Catholic designation because administrator's refused to discriminate against an LGBTQ employee. Read More

Fired Church Worker Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Catholic School

A church worker fired by a Catholic high school over her same-gender marriage is now suing that school for discrimination, further intensifying the church employment disputes that have rocked the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Read More

Let’s Make Catholic Hospitals the Leaders in the Journey of Transgender Resurrections

A Catholic healthcare system has settled a lawsuit which claimed it had discriminate against the transgender child of an employee who had sought gender-confirming surgery. But the real story is about the opportunity Catholic healthcare systems have to make moments of resurrection happen. Read More

NEWS NOTES: Justin Bieber Supports Queer Catholic Fan; Catholic Politician Says Homosexuality a “Mental Illness”; And More

A variety of short news items on topics of Catholic LGBTQ interest. Click the links to learn more. 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

QUOTE TO NOTE: Theologian Says U.S. Courts Must Find “Judicial Clarity” on Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is among the most disputed areas when it comes to LGBT issues in the United States today. LGBT-negative elements have attempted use religious liberty to justify and make legal their discrimination against LGBT people, while advocates for LGBT equality have pushed back. Read More

Catholic Charities Allegedly Bars Lesbian Couple from Fostering a Refugee Child

A lesbian couple in Texas have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bbishops and the U.S. government for allegedly barring the couple from becoming foster parents to a refugee child. Read More