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Would St. Oscar Romero Use the Term “LGBT” and Recognize a Queer Couple’s Love?

His cause stalled for nearly four decades, the institutional church finally recognized yesterday what the people of God have known all along: Monseñor Oscar Romero is a saint! With the Synod on Youth underway in Rome, I suggest here that this newly-canonized, but longtime saint can lead us forward towards LGBT liberation. Read More

Papal Advisor Calls for Church to Welcome LGBT Christians First as Baptized Christians

LGBT Christians must be welcomed fully into the church, said an Italian bishop, because what matters first is their identity as Christians who are wholly part of the baptized faithful. Read More

Who’s Who? A Look at the LGBT Records of Global Bishops at the Synod on Youth

With the Synod on Youth now underway in Rome, Bondings 2.0 explores the LGBT records of a sampling of delegates from outside the U.S. The following bishops are just some of the 300-plus delegates participating in the Synod (a full list available here). It is unclear if and how LGBT issues will be addressed, who might be the key bishops involved in any discussion, and whether there will be positive outcomes.  Read More

Archbishop Stands By Fr. James Martin and LGBT-Friendly Pastor Against Conservative Protestors

Georgia's top bishop has reaffirmed his support for Fr. James Martin, SJ, and a local pastor at an LGBT-friendly parish after protestors spread misinformation about Martin's talk and sought to have the pastor removed. Read More

Archbishop: Decriminalizing Homosexuality Would Cause “Dreadful Consequences”

Singapore's archbishop has released a pastoral letter strongly opposing the repeal of a law in that nation which criminalizes homosexuality, claiming at one point that such an action would have "long-term and irreversible" consequences which are "dreadful." Read More

Named Witness to Brett Kavanaugh’s Alleged Attack Blames Gay Priests for Sexual Abuse

A conservative writer named as a witness to allegations of rape by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has previously blamed gay priests for clergy sexual abuse, an issue about which there are still many opinions among Catholics. Read More

Reviewers Offer More Varied Reactions to Fr. James Martin’s Book, “Building a Bridge”

More than a year after first publishing Building a Bridge on LGBT issues in the Catholic Church, Fr. James Martin, SJ's book has continued to stir conversation. Today's post highlights a few more reactions with links provided for further reading. Read More

Vatican Clarifies Pope Francis’ Remark About Psychiatry

A small brouhaha erupted this week after Pope Francis' advice to parents of lesbian and gay children were interpreted by some to indicate that the pontiff was recommending psychiatric help to prevent a child from becoming lesbian or gay. Read More

Catholic High School Threatens to Fire Lesbian Teacher, Asks Her to Dissolve Marriage to Wife

A Catholic high school in Indiana has asked a lesbian employee to dissolve her same-gender marriage if she wants to remain employed and threatened to fire her if she went public about the school's request. Read More

THIS MONTH IN CATHOLIC LGBT HISTORY: Remembering Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, Advocate for Gay Equality and Prophet of Vatican II

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, a prophet of Vatican II and noted advocate for lesbian and gay Catholics, died earlier this week at age 96. July's "This Month in Catholic LGBT History" pauses to remember his witness and celebrate his legacy. Read More