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After Papal Comment, Renewed Debate on Whether a “Gay Lobby” Exists in the Clergy

Pope Francis' recent comment about gay priests has reinvigorated the back and forth about whether gay men should be ordained and what role such priests may or may not have played in the Church's sexual misconduct scandal. Read More

Homophobia Flares at U.S. Bishops’ Meeting, Targeting Gay Priests and Fr. James Martin

Statements from church officials and protestors alike targeted gay priests and Fr. James Martin, SJ, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' assembly in Baltimore this week. These statements are but some of several signs that the U.S. episcopate still strongly resists Pope Francis' efforts at church reform. Read More

Catholics Reject Accusations That “Homosexual Clique” Is Running the Church

Church officials in England have strongly rejected critics' charges that there is a "homosexual clique" controlling the church, which have prompted further repudiations of the idea that gay priests cause sexual abuse. Read More

While Archbishop Blames Gay Priests for Abuse, Cardinal and Other Catholics Reject Such Theories

A leading U.S. bishop has firmly rejected any suggestion that gay priests have been a cause of clergy sexual abuse, joining a growing number of other Catholics who have refused to let such homophobic narratives go unchecked. Read More

Linking Gay Priests to Sexual Abuse is “Discrimination,” Church Needs to Address Sexual Hypocrisy, Says German Official

A top church official in Germany has rejected claims that gay priests are a cause of clergy sexual abuse, saying such ides are discriminatory. He also said the church can no longer be hypocritical by preaching its sexual morality while knowing few practice it. Read More

Group Investigating Cardinals Says Rumors of Homosexuality Will Be “Noted Very Carefully”

A rightwing Catholic group has announced its intention to investigate Catholic cardinals ahead of the next papal conclave, saying it will be "noted very carefully" in reports if a cardinal is considered to be gay. 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

Catholics Reject Bishops’ Claim that Gay Priests a Cause of Sexual Abuse

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 covered recent comments by several U.S. bishops that strove to link homosexuality with clergy sexual abuse. Today's post offers commentaries from Catholics who either pushed back against such bishops or who have offered a more positive assessment about gay priests and the abuse crisis. Read More

Bishop: Gay Priests “Wreaking Great Devastation” in Church and Cause of Sexual Abuse

Right wing Church leaders are again trying to blame sexual abuse by clergy on gay priests and religious. One bishop has even suggested a 'homosexual subculture" is "wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord." But many Catholics have pushed back, rightfully acknowledging the positive role gay priests and religious have played in the Church while identifying real causes of abuse as crimes of power not sex. Today's post reports on the bishops' gay-negative statements while tomorrow's post shares several analyses. Read More

Issue of Gay Priests Is the “Elephant in the Sacristy,” Writes Theologian James Alison

Catholics in the United States are reeling after new revelations about sexual abuse that was systematically covered up for decades, including those incidents detailed in a Pennsylvania Grand Jury's report and allegations deemed credible against once-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, In the midst of this pain and anger, some Catholics have targeted gay priests and claimed homosexuality is the root cause of such abuse and maleficence. Theologian James Alison, an openly gay priest, responds. Read More