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What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference.  Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution. Read More

On Flight Back to Rome, Pope Francis Offers Advice to Parents of Lesbian and Gay People

On the return flight home from the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke with journalists aboard the plane, covering a variety of topics, though mostly focusing on the sex abuse crisis, but he also offered advice to parents of lesbian and gay children. Read More

Pope Francis Closes World Meeting of Families While Being Attacked by Former Papal Nuncio

The World Meeting of Families 2018 concluded yesterday with a papal Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and the atmosphere was decidedly somber and depressing.  The morning's rain showers didn't help, but the rain clouds were not the problem. The problem was the darker clouds of clergy and religious abuse of children which has covered Ireland for far too long now. And if Pope Francis' slow response to the abuse was not enough to keep people away, on the eve of the papal Mass news hit that the former papal nuncio to the United States was attacking the pontiff's record. Read More

BREAKING NEWS from WMF: Family With LGBT Members Brings Offertory Gifts to Pope Francis

At the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families here in Dublin's Phoenix Park, it has been announced that among the handful of families who will be in the offertory procession will be " a family involved in the “All Are Welcome” Mass in Avila, in Donnybrook, Dublin." Read More

LGBT and Ally Voices on World Meeting of Families

Some brief items about LGBT voices discussing the World Meeting of Families, Dublin. Read More

Quotes from Cardinals and an Archbishop on LGBT Issues at WMF

Some quotations on LGBT issues from Catholic prelates during the World Meeting of Families. Read More

At WMF, Car Exhibit Displays Same-Sex Love in Stained Glass

Though two Catholic organizations with a pro-LGBT message were excluded from exhibiting at the World Meeting of Families,  a commercial exhibit that was provided space offered a unique and creative pro-LGBT message. Read More

Rainbow Choir Sings to WMF and Asks Church Leaders to “Hear Our Voices”

Certainly one of the most memorable events of the World Meeting of Families week in Dublin was a musical performance held literally and figuratively "outside the gates" of the pastoral congress' venue.  Read More

WMF Expert Panelists Agree: Gay Priests are NOT the Cause of Clerical Sex Abuse

At the World Meeting of Families, the clergy sex abuse crisis is the #1 topic of controversy, even more than LGBT inclusion. But today the dots were connected between these two discussions. Read More

BREAKING NEWS from WMF: Deacon Who Is Father of Transgender and Bisexual Daughters Assists Liturgically at Closing Mass

Deacon Ray Dever, who is the father of a transgender daughter and a bisexual daughter, and who has written eloquently here on Bondings 2.0  about his special family and ministerial roles, is currently serving liturgically at the closing Mass of of the Pastoral Congress portion of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.  Read More