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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK -- Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

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Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits despite archbishop’s objection

Monday, October 27, 2014
St. John's Church at Creighton University.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities already offer similar benefits.

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Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of church split

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away ...

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Updated translation of Vatican report much colder, less welcoming to gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays - but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from conservative English-speaking bishops, the Vatican released a new translation on Thursday.

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Vatican mystery: Where did the ‘gays are welcome’ message originate?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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VATICAN CITY -- It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

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Rollback: Conservative Catholic bishops distance themselves from gay overture

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Bishops attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Conservative Catholic bishops concerned about an unprecedented opening to gays and divorced people are seeking to make their voices heard at a Vatican meeting on family life, emphasizing the benefits of faithful Catholics, the fundamentals of church doctrine and the dangers of sin.

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Catholic Bishops say gays have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer church

Monday, October 13, 2014
Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived ...

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LGBT groups cautiously cheer Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays

Friday, October 10, 2014
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- LGBT rights advocates are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward gays, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week. There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality will change ...

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Mo. Catholic bishop speaks out against Springfield non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Bishop James Johnston
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri bishop said forcing people of faith to recognize same-sex relationships is a form of discrimination and violates their religious freedoms. Bishop James Johnston of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese issued a letter opposing the proposed expansion of Springfield's nondiscrimination ordinance...

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The Catholic Church’s gay obsession

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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"The blunt truth of the matter is that during a period when the legalization of gay marriage has spread rapidly in this country, from just six states in 2011 to more than three times that number today, Catholic officials here have elected to focus on this one issue and on a given group of people: gays and lesbians."

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