Advocate for a just and inclusive Catholic Church

Bob is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, a center of justice and reconciliation for LGBTQ Catholics, where he also serves as Managing Editor of Bondings 2.0, a daily blog on Catholic LGBTQ news, opinion, and spirituality. He chairs the National Council of Pax Christi USA and is Vice-President of the Women’s Ordination Conference. He has degrees in theology from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and The Catholic University of America. On this website, you can find links to some of Bob's writings and projects.

Spiritual Reflections

Co-authored booklet published by Pax Christi USA with Scripture-based reflections for Advent & Christmas 2017

Bondings 2.0

Managing Editor and regular contributor for a daily blog on Catholic LGBTQ news, opinion, and spirituality

Other Writing

Includes essays, book reviews, news pieces, and blog posts, mainly in Catholic sources

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Recent Pieces

Review of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's 

Revolution of Values:

Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good

National Catholic Reporter, July 2020

"The book may detail history, but it is not a history book. Wilson-Hartgrove is making an appeal ahead of the 2020 election, especially for white Christians, to assess critically abuses of faith that crush the poor. But as he makes clear, finding a better way to read the Bible in public life is a communal activity. The questions Wilson-Hartgrove leaves us with are with whom will we read the Bible and whose perspective will we prioritize? For Catholics, this will involve reexamining how some members of our hierarchy have distorted the church's tradition, too."

December 21, 2019

Pope Francis' Missing Miriam

For The Table: "Miriam is the element Pope Francis is missing. The pope needs to come to know and reflect on the Miriams of our church who, though devalued because of their gender, dance the People of God into new life as they welcome Jesus anew."

Summer 2019

Called and Chosen

For NewWomen, NewChurch: "The stories presented in Called and Chosen are a reminder of how painful this vocation of being a Catholic woman called to priestly ministry can be. They indict the devastatingly unjust structures of the church and those clerics who maintain patriarchy."

©2020 by Robert G. Shine