Proudly Blogging Catholics—Sharing the LGBT Good News: A Trans-Atlantic Meetup! 

The editors of two blogs that cover Catholic LGBT issues will be hosting an opportunity for readers of both sites to gather an share ideas and perspectives.  The event, entitled “Proudly Blogging Catholics—Sharing the LGBT Good News,” will be held in London, England, in June, and all readers and friends of these blogs in that vicinity are invited to attend.

Queering The Church editor Terence Weldon andBondings 2.0 editor Francis DeBernardo will discuss the joys and challenges of covering the world of Catholic LGBT news and opinion, followed by a wide-ranging discussion of issues raised by participants.

 

This trans-Atlantic meetup will be held:

Monday, June 13, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Parish Hall of the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Church)

114 Mount Street    London, United Kingdom, W1K 3AH

Source: Proudly Blogging Catholics—Sharing the LGBT Good News: A Trans-Atlantic Meetup! | Bondings 2.0

La homosexualidad en animales se genera por selección natural, afirman científicos

La homosexualidad es completamente libre en especies animales, nadie que juzgue ni que lo prohíba. De hecho, los genes que predisponen esta tendencia se expresan naturalmente en el sexo opuesto.

De acuerdo con un estudio de la Universidad de Uppsala, Suecia, el comportamiento homosexual deriva de que los machos y las hembras comparten la mayoría de los genes, por lo que las relaciones entre especies del mismo sexo se mantienen por selección natural.

La investigación se probó con un pequeño escarabajo muy común llamado ‘callosobruchus maculatus’, que suele tener baja actividad sexual, por lo que, a través de técnicas de reproducción artificial, los científicos utilizaron crías de ambos sexos para crear una generación de escarabajos con mayor tendencia a mostrar esta conducta.

Los resultados demostraron que cuando un grupo de machos o hembras había sido criado para expresar con más frecuencia un comportamiento homosexual, los hermanos del sexo opuesto disfrutaban de un incremento en su rendimiento reproductivo.

Source: La homosexualidad en animales se genera por selección natural, afirman científicos

Tutu quits church after gay marriage | IOL

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has decided to quit her job after her licence to preach was revoked.

Mpho told City Press she may no longer officiate in church because she married a woman.

Newlyweds Mpho and Marceline Tutu-Van Furth are on honeymoon in Bali after their wedding at a Franschhoek wine estate attended by Mpho’s parents, Leah and Desmond Tutu.

Mpho told the newspaper she had decided to “give up” her ministerial duties – her authority to preside at Holy Communion, and to officiate at weddings, baptisms and funerals in South Africa.

Source: IOL

Complicating Catholic Understandings of Sex and Gender | Bondings 2.0

Respecting LGBTQI people should be a “fairly simple thing to do,” as Jesuit Fr. James Martin remarked in an interview earlier this week. But understanding the diversity of gender identities can be complex even for committed allies, given how broad and nuanced transgender and intersex issues are. And sometime the consequences of not understanding and respecting can be deeply damaging.

Christians, including Catholics, have spearheaded anti-LGBT efforts like North Carolina’s HB2 law,ignoring the concrete reality that non-discrimination protections definitively improve LGBT people’s well-being. These opponents opt instead for faulty religious arguments to justify their opposition, arguments which theologian Katie Grimes took on at Women in TheologyShe posed a difficult challenge to anti-transgender Christians, asking:

“[W]hat in your life has lead you to believe that love, which God epitomizes perfectly, means wanting anything but happiness, in every sense of the word, for other people?”

Source:  Bondings 2.0

Tutu forced to quit over gay marriage | City Press

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has revealed that her licence to preach is being revoked because she married a woman – so, she’s decided to quit instead.

Newlyweds Mpho and Marceline Tutu-Van Furth are on honeymoon on the Indian Ocean island of Bali after their wedding at a Franschhoek wine estate attended by Mpho’s parents, Leah and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

“Bali is quite magical,” said Mpho in an email to City Press, adding that she had decided to “give up” her ministerial duties – her authority to preside at Holy Communion, and to officiate at weddings, baptisms and funerals in South Africa.

“Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa,” she said. “The bishop of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay [Bishop Raphael Hess] was instructed to revoke my licence.

“I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it, a slightly more dignified option with the same effect.”

While same-sex marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006, the South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman.”

Source:  City Press

Can LGBT Issues Be Included at San Diego’s Diocesan Synod? | Bondings 2.0

Following Pope Francis’ lead, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has called a diocesan synod on marriage. We need to ask: can LGBT issues be included in this synod’s agenda?

Bishop McElroy announced the synod, planned for October 28-29, 2016, in “Embracing the Joy of Love,” his pastoral message responding to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Lay Catholics will be the majority of participants, with each of the diocese’s 100 parishes represented. Discussion groups which include local theologians will meet in the preceding months to further flesh out the agenda in advance

McElroy hopes the two-day synod will hopefully unfold into “a biannual, theme-driven event” to allow for spiritual renewal and lay input in diocesan governance, reported AmericaThe magazine noted this may be “the first such structured diocesan-wide response” to Amoris Laetitia in the world.

Source: Bondings 2.0

Kirk votes to allow gay clergy marriages – BBC News

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow ministers to continue to serve if they are in a gay marriage.The historic vote on the first day of this year’s gathering in Edinburgh draws a line under a row which has split the Kirk for nine years.Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favour of the move.The decision means that same sex civil marriage will be permitted for ministers.However, they will not themselves be allowed to conduct gay weddings within the church.

Source: – BBC News