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New Ways Ministry Supports German Catholics’ LGBTQ Blessing Events

New Ways Ministry strongly supports the Catholics in Germany, including priests, who today are blessing hundreds of same-gender couples. Read More

Will German Catholics’ Blessing of Same-Gender Couples Lead to a Church Schism?

Will Germany's Synodal Way, especially its rethinking of church teachings about sexuality and the question of blessing same-gender couples, lead to a schism? Some conservative observers have sounded alarms. As a day of blessing such relationships kicks off in that country and Switzerland, Bondings 2.0 provides the latest updates and takes a look at that question. Read More

God Bless You

The older I become, the more I stand in awe of the reverence with which some family members practice the ritual of making the sign of the cross before and after offering grace at meals. Read More

Sacred Heart University Hosts LGBTQ Celebration In Wake of Vatican Blessings Ban

Two Catholic colleges have taken positive steps to being more inclusive campuses for their LGBTQ students, including one school hosting a celebration of LGBTQ people in the wake of the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples. Read More

Blessing Same-Gender Couples Is Matter of Conscience for Priests, Says German Bishop

Ahead of planned blessings for same-gender couples on May 10th, a German bishop has said priests and pastoral ministers must follow their consciences on whether to participate. Another bishop in Germany, however, has expressed his concerns about the upcoming blessings action. Read More

Vatican Blessings Ban a Moment to Leave Church for Some and to Recommit for Others

In the weeks following the Vatican’s’s declaration that priests cannot bless same-gender couples, there are reports (like this one) that people are leaving the church because of this decision. And while some people may be finally throwing in the towel and leaving the church, for others, their Catholicism runs deeper than the institution in Rome. Read More

Bishop Says 700+ People in Diocese Left the Church After Vatican Blessings Ban

A bishop has reported that more than 700 people left his diocese in the wake of the Vatican ban on blessing same-gender couples. Read More

Catholic Universities Pressed to Resist Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

The Vatican’s March 15th statement banning blessings of same-gender unions has generated a variety of responses across Catholic college and university campuses, including op-eds from campus newspapers and statements from administrators. Today’s post features four campus reactions. Read More

Bishop Pledges Not to Sanction Priests Who Bless Same-Gender Couples in May Event

A German bishop has pledged not to sanction any priest who blesses a same-gender couple in May as part of a church reform event being organized, while another bishop in that country reiterated his support for new ways of thinking about sexuality. Read More

Gay Pastors in Netherlands Vow to Ignore Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

A collective of gay pastoral workers in the Netherlands has vowed to ignore the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, encouraging other church workers to do likewise. Read More