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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

Laity Key to Releasing Gay Priests from “Lying Trap,” Writes Theologian James Alison

Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 outlined the first column in Fr. James Alison's two-part series on homosexuality and the priesthood. Today's post summarizes the second column in The Tablet, which you can read in full here. 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

50 Years Later, Lessons from “Humanae Vitae” Debate Readily Applicable to LGBT Issues

Theologians Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman have written a commentary on "Humanae Vitae's" 50th anniversary which while not explicitly addressing LGBT issues is quite relevant and insightful. Today's post highlights a few key features of their overall argument that Pope Francis has changed the calculus on contraception and invited new conversations that more deeply incorporate human experience in theological ethics. Read More

Equality in the Church Only Comes When LGBT Communities and Catholic Women Act Together

Unless LGBT equality and gender equality in the Catholic Church occur together, there will be no justice at all, said Jamie Manson in her latest column for the "National Catholic Reporter." Read More

Irish Catholics Launch Global Petition Seeking to Remove “Intrinsically Disordered” Language

An Irish reform group has launched a global petition asking top Church leaders in that country to help change the way Catholic teaching refers to LGBTQI people. Read More

Mixed Reactions to Pope Francis’ “God Made You Like This” Comments to Gay Man

Reactions have been mixed in the days since news broke that Pope Francis told a gay man who survived clergy sexual abuse, "God made you like this." Read More

Pope Francis Seemingly Re-Affirms Ban on Gay Men in Priesthood

Where does Pope Francis really stand on homosexuality? That question is raised in a new way after news both that he affirmed a gay man’s sexual identity as created by God while concurrently warning against gay men entering the priesthood. Read More

Conference on Gender & Sexuality Asks ‘Why Stay?’

Graduate students at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College ask why LGBTQ+ students should "stay" in the Catholic Church in an academic conference.  Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Gay Catholic Says Church’s Language on Homosexuality is “Vile”

Earlier this week, Bondings 2.0 reported on Irish Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh's admission that the institutional Church "struggles to find a language" through which it can relate to LGBT people. In response, political journalist and gay Catholic Ursula Halligan wrote a sharp response in The Irish Times.  Read More