Key Synod Official Endorses Queer Blessings

A top cardinal who has a central role in the Synod has voiced his support for Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican declaration allowing blessings for same-gender couples. Today’s post features that news and other developments related to the debate over blessings. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg endorsed the Vatican declaration and Pope Francis’ vision for it in … Read more

Now Francis Voices Approval of “Legal Recognition” of Same-Sex “Unions”

Pope Francis has reaffirmed his support for same-gender civil unions, writing that “it is right” that such couples “who live the gift of love can have legal coverage like everyone else.” He made other LGBTQ-positive remarks as he marks eleven years as pope this past week An autobiography by Pope Francis, titled Life: My Story Through … Read more

Archbishop Hebda’s Hand-Pick Synod Delegate To Lead New Ways Ministry Webinar

Cynthia Bailey Manns, adult learning director at the renegade parish St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, was Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s hand-picked lay delegate to the Synod on Synodality this past October. Now Bailey Manns is scheduled to lead an online webinar for New Ways Ministry, a heretical LGBTQ+ group that has been officially condemned by … Read more

German and Flemish Bishops Warmly Welcome Vatican’s Gay Blessings

For several weeks now, Bondings 2.0 has covered the reception of Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican’s declaration on blessings that allowed priests to bless same-gender couples and others in “irregular” situations. The question of such blessings arose primarily because of German Catholics’ formal and informal demands to recognize queer love in the church. And, in a recent interview, … Read more