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Catholic Universities Pressed to Resist Vatican Ban on Blessing Same-Gender Couples

The Vatican’s March 15th statement banning blessings of same-gender unions has generated a variety of responses across Catholic college and university campuses, including op-eds from campus newspapers and statements from administrators. Today’s post features four campus reactions. Read More

Bishop Pledges Not to Sanction Priests Who Bless Same-Gender Couples in May Event

A German bishop has pledged not to sanction any priest who blesses a same-gender couple in May as part of a church reform event being organized, while another bishop in that country reiterated his support for new ways of thinking about sexuality. Read More

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Signs Petition to Launch LGBTQ Center at Boston College

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has signed a petition by Boston College students calling for their university to establish an LGBTQ resource center and add gender identity to the university non-discrimination policy. In a related story, students from the same school have organized a petition opposing the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-gender couples. Read More

Gay Pastors in Netherlands Vow to Ignore Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings

A collective of gay pastoral workers in the Netherlands has vowed to ignore the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, encouraging other church workers to do likewise. Read More

Vatican Ban on Same-Gender Blessings Imperils LGBTQ People, Say African Activists

LGBTQ Catholics worldwide continue to resist the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples. Today's post features some of those reactions, including from activists in two African countries. Read More

Irish Bishop Calls Vatican’s Ban on Blessings “Cold and Distant…Hurtful and Offensive”

A bishop in Ireland has become the latest church leader to voice opposition to the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples.  Read More

3,000+ Catholics Sign New Ways Ministry’s Pledge to Bless Same-Gender Couples

The largest single protest by Catholics against the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender unions has been published online with over 3,000 people participating, including over 100 theologians. Read More

In Wake of Vatican Ban, Reckoning with the Two Faces of Pope Francis on LGBTQ Issues

At the center of the dispute over the Vatican's recent ban on blessing same-gender couples has been Pope Francis' role. Bondings 2.0 published earlier this week on reports that the pope tried to distance himself from the ban in his Sunday Angelus address, but many people still continue to criticize the pope. When it comes to Francis, it seems there is no resolution yet on what some observers consider his two faces on LGBTQ issues. Read More

Former Irish President Mary McAleese Calls Vatican Ban “Gratuitously Cruel in the Extreme”; And Other Irish Reactions

Irish Catholics are resisting the Vatican's ban on blessing same-gender couples, including the country's former president, Mary McAleese, who called it "gratuitously cruel in the extreme." Read More

More Than 200 German Theologians Issue Statement Opposed to Vatican’s Blessings Ban

More than 200 German theologians published a statement in opposition to the Vatican's responsum released last week that banned blessings for same-gender couples, adding to intensifying criticism from many sectors of the German-speaking church. Read More