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Pope Francis Record on LGBT Issues Weakened by Criticism of Transgender Community

A gay Catholic offers his thoughts after the pope's latest remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Read More

Fr. Richard Rohr on Sexuality, Gender, and Our Identity in Christ

"Sexuality and gender identity elicit so many strong feelings and even irrational opinions because they touch upon something foundational. If you don’t recognize the sacred at this deep level of identity and desire, I don’t know if you will be able to see it anywhere else." For more wisdom from Fr. Richard Rohr, read on! Read More

Firings, Funerals, Fear . . . and Food

Over the last year and half, the media has focused attention on large, growing divisions in American society. Even in the American Catholic world, divisions both between and within the hierarchy and laity can sometimes become pronounced. For example, the cycle of action and reaction to same-sex marriage continues at all levels in the Catholic Church. Among the worst responses have been when LGBT people are fired from Catholic jobs. Church officials proclaim “scandal,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that their own actions and communications are exceedingly cruel and scandalous. The cycle of outrage continues with the recent news that a second U.S. diocese – Madison, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Bishop Robert Morlino - has determined that funerals should be denied to people in same gender civil marriages. Morlino joins Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois who gave similar directions to his diocesan personnel last summer, prompting quite a backlash. Read More

Scottish Priest Endorses Anti-Bullying Programs for Nation’s Schools

A Catholic priest in Scotland has come out in support of LGBT education programs in the country's school, a step in which other church officials will hopefully join him to help support and protect LGBTQ youth. Read More

As Australian Vote Concludes, Catholics Should ‘Vote Yes’ on Reconciliation and the Common Good

Yesterday was the final day for Australians to submit ballots in the nation's postal survey over marriage equality, a debate in which Catholics have been heavily involved. With the results to be announced in less than two weeks, it is time for Catholics to consider what comes next. Read More

Diocese Defends Guidelines on Denying Funerals to Married Lesbian/Gay Catholics

LGBT advocates have sharply criticized guidelines from the Diocese of Madison that would bar married lesbian/gay Catholics from receiving funerals in the church, prompting a defense from Bishop Robert Morlino and the Diocese. Read More

Georgetown Students Vote to Preserve LGBT-Negative Group’s Funding

A student group at Georgetown University which promotes anti-LGBT views will retain its funding after facing student complaints. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis on Respecting Consciences

Addressing new bishops in September, Pope Francis invited them to be more respectful of people's consciences and address their concrete realities rather than just pontificating theory. He told those gathered. . . Read More

Will Sexual Orientation Derail Canonization for Fr. Mychal Judge?

As regular readers of Bondings 2.0 may be aware, New Ways Ministry has launched a campaign to find people who knew Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, the New York City Fire Department Chaplain who died in the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11.  The purpose is finding such people is to assist a Vatican researcher who is exploring the canonization of this Franciscan priest who ministered to many marginalized communities, including LGBT Catholics. This campaign hit a little bump in the road last month . . . . Read More

Church Officials Impose Strict Gender Norms on Young Children, But Why?

Two incidents at Catholic parishes reveal a troubling attempt in the church to impose gender norms as if matters of faith, and raise questions about how church officials' are using their power against gender non-conforming children. Read More