“I Wish the Vatican Would See My Inalienable Dignity,” Says Trans Catholic; More Reactions

Today's post features more reactions to Dignitas Infinita, the Vatican declaration on human dignity released last Monday that sharply condemned "Gender Theory" and "Sex Change." Read More

LGBTQ+ Advocates Forge Ahead in Seeking Inclusion from Synodal Process

The countdown to the Synod on Synodality's final global assembly in October 2024 has begun, and there are many questions both about what may change by year's end and if anything has changed already. An article in U.S. Catholic provided some analysis about the Synod and change as it relates to issues of church reform. Read More

LGBTQ+ Advocates Celebrate Pope’s Approval of Same-Gender Blessings

On Monday, the Vatican issued a declaration, approved by Pope Francis, that made blessings for same-gender couples possible in the church. In posts this week, Bondings 2.0 will detail various reactions from Catholic LGBTQ+ advocates, secular groups, church leaders, and others. Read More

Catholic Reform Advocates’ Response to Synod Is Largely Negative

Catholic reformers have responded largely negatively to the synthesis report from last month's General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. The report failed to mention LGBTQ+ people directly, though a closer reading reveals sections that, if applied to gender and sexuality issues, could be helpful. Read More

Pope Francis Tells Global Network of Rainbow Catholics: “Go Forward!”

Pope Francis told international LGBTQ+ advocates yesterday to "go forward," the latest in the pontiff's many positive gestures to queer Catholics during his weekly audiences. Read More

Bishop John Stowe: Blessing LGBTQ+ Couples “Almost Signifies God’s Approval”

Last Monday, the Vatican released a document from Pope Francis in which he expressed an openness to church blessings for same-gender couples. A number of Catholic leaders have responded positively, including Lexington's Bishop John Stowe. Read More

Catholic Leaders Seek “Stronger Moral Leadership” from President Biden on LGBTQ+ Rights

How well has President Joe Biden, who often touts his Catholic faith, navigated LGBTQ+ issues? A new article in The Hill highlights how Biden both has been a “champion” and “behind the times” when it comes to advocating for LGBTQ+ people. Read More

Queer Theory and Theology Can Help Widen Church’s Understandings of God and Creation

Catholic theologians are recognizing how queer theory and queer theology can provide understandings of both God and humanity beyond dualistic ideas about gender. Read More

Catholics Decry Ugandan Bishops’ Tacit Support for Anti-LGBTQ+ Law

Catholic LGBTQ+ leaders have continued calls for Uganda's bishops to condemn legislation passed earlier this year that further criminalizes LGBTQ+ people. One U.S. bishop, however, has defended the new law. Read More

Catholic LGBTQ+ Advocates Condemn U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in “303 Creative” Case

Catholic LGBTQ+ advocates have criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 303 Creative, which ruled that a web designer could refuse services to queer couples based on the designer's Christian beliefs, and could do so regardless of any otherwise-applicable non-discrimination laws. Read More