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INTERVIEW: Fr. James Martin on the Second Edition of “Building a Bridge”

Today, Bondings 2.0 features an interview with Fr. Martin about what has been added in the new edition, how he responds to critics, and why the book has both challenged and consoled him. Read More

Another German Bishop, Theologian Support Blessings for Same-Gender Couples

Two German bishops and a theologian have joined the conversation on how the Church can bless same-gender couples, even while still denying them sacramental marriage equality. Read More

Bishop Urges Church to Find “New Language” and “New Ways” on LGBT Issues, Listen to Young People’s Questions

An auxiliary bishop in Boston has said that the Church must find new language on LGBT issues to address the concerns of Catholics, especially youth and young adults, and that bishops must do more listening. Read More

Will Transgender People Become Collateral Damage in the Fight for LGBT Equality?

Transgender rights are the latest major issue when it comes to LGBT equality in the U.S., and sadly this could mean trans people become collateral damage, says one advocate. Read More

On Bishops’ Decrees Against Gay Catholics’ Funerals, the Real Scandal Is Discrimination

Two U.S. bishops' decrees that would deny funerals to Catholics in same-gender marriages were worried such celebrations would cause public scandal. But theologians Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler argued in the National Catholic Reporter that the real scandal is the decrees themselves. Read More

On LGBT Issues, Does Catholic Education Have to Choose Between Church and Culture?

Is Catholic higher education in the U.S. being forced to choose between church and culture on matters of gender and sexuality? Patricia Miller, a contributor for Religion Dispatches, leans towards yes. I'm not so sure. Read More

On Coming Out, Queer Catholic Says “I Think Hope is Huge”

Lizzie Sextro identifies as a faithful Catholic queer woman. She shared about her own coming out story that involved bringing together these multiple identities in what she described as a "difficult process." But she holds onto hope that changing is coming to the church. Read her full story. . . Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Pope Francis’ Words on Doctrinal Development Readily Applicable to LGBT Issues

Last week, Pope Francis made in important statement on the development of doctrine which is readily applicable to LGBT issues in the church. Here's what he said. . . Read More

Could the Church Deny Baptism to Transgender People?

As transgender visibility increases, so have the theological and pastoral conversations about gender identity. These questions include more theoretical concerns, such as how the church understands the human person, but also the practical concerns of daily life in the church. With so many different positions being taken, what is the church to do? Read More

At Upcoming Synod, Youth Want Wider Conversation on Sexuality

In preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October 2018 on “young people, faith and vocational discernment,” 20 young Catholics, 70 theologians, and dozens of  priests and academics gathered in Rome from September 11-15 to begin preliminary conversations around the Synod’s theme. Read More