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German Bishops Announce “Synodal Path” to Address Sexual Morality, Other Disputed Topics

In response to the sexual abuse crisis, Germany's bishops have announced the beginning of  a "binding synodal path" to examine questions regarding sexual morality, clericalism, and priestly celibacy. Read More

‘Transforming’ Illustrates the Richness of Trans-Inclusive Faith Communities

Austen Hartke's book, "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" examines gender through a Christian lens and is a timely work in an historical moment where transgender rights are under attack. Read More

Letter from German Catholics Calls for “New Start on Sexual Morality”

Leading Catholics in Germany have released an open letter calling for a "new start with sexual morality" that includes a re-evaluation of homosexuality. Read More

German Bishop Shifts Position, Calls for Church to Rethink Teachings on Homosexuality

Significantly shifting his position, a German bishop has called for the Church to rethink its teachings on homosexuality and condemned problematic aspects of those teachings which have caused people harm. Read More

Church Teaching on Sexuality and Gender Must Reflect LGBT People’s Realities, Says Theologian

The Catholic Church must treat LGBT people as a reality and develop a theology of sex and gender that reflects that reality, wrote a theologian at Fordham University. Read More

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

In Vatican Reversal, Gay-Positive Priest Granted Permission to Lead German University

A German priest has been granted Vatican permission to assume a university leadership to which he was elected earlier this year after, permission which first had been withheld over the priest's views on homosexuality and women. Read More

Fr. James Martin Responds to Critics’ Charge of Atheism and Doctrinal Rejection

Fr. James Martin, SJ, has offered a "friendly response" to two bishops who recently criticized LGBT ministry as rejecting church doctrine and promoting atheism. 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