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On Gay Priests, Does Pope Francis Still Believe “Who Am I to Judge?”?

Pope Francis has said that gay men in the priesthood is "something that worries me" and that homosexuality has become "fashionable" in some contexts, comments further complicating his already mixed record on LGBT issues. Read More

Share Your LGBT Story as a Christmas Gift to the Catholic Church

Surely an attempt to explore why Catholics join, leave, and remain in the church has to include voices of LGBT people, their loved ones, and vocal allies? 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

Are All Sides Equally to Blame for Synod’s LGBT Remarks?

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 featured reactions to the Synod on Youth from several LGBT-positive observers. Today's post engages a more moderate voice when it comes to the Synod and LGBT issues, one whose analysis ultimately fails due to false equivocation. Read More

Pro-LGBT Catholics Are Disappointed and Hopeful After Synod on Youth

Many reactions and commentaries on the Synod of Youth have appeared since the gathering's conclusion just over a week ago, many of which touch on LGBT issues. Today's post highlights some notable pieces from LGBT-positive voices with links provided for further reading; tomorrow's post will examine how LGBT-negative Catholics are reacting. 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

Reports from Synod Working Groups Reveal an Awareness of Sexuality, But Lack LGBT-Specific Discussions

Detailed reports from the language-based working groups at the Synod on Youth were released yesterday. Most of the 14 groups at least touched on questions of sexuality, but none really engaged LGBT issues specifically. Read More

At Synod on Youth, French Bishop Says, “We mustn’t be afraid of sexuality!”

A French bishop participating at the Synod on Youth has called on the church to not be afraid of sexuality, but to instead begin an honest conversation about it and engage LGBT youth and their allies with a new pastoral model. 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

Are Voices of Young U.S. Catholics Being Represented at Synod on Youth?

With the Synod on Youth set to begin today, will the views of young Catholics in the United States on LGBT issues be fairly represented by the nation's bishop-delegates and other participants? Read More