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St. Louis Archdiocese opposes hospital group’s benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mercy
Echoing concerns voiced last week by the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is also criticizing a Catholic-based hospital group’s plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., bishop objects to Catholic hospital’s same-sex benefits

Monday, January 19, 2015
Bishop James Johnston
Bishop James Johnston accuses the hospital system of ignoring the church's stand against same-sex relationships because of "regulations, government funds, and fear of public ridicule." [...]

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Mario Cuomo’s lesson on challenging the political authority of the Church

Sunday, January 18, 2015
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo speaks at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.
The first thing I thought of when I heard that former New York governor Mario Cuomo had died was his extraordinary speech at the University of Notre Dame in 1984. I was not alone. ... It was a speech from which Americans who disagree with teachings of their religious tradition [...]

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Charlotte Catholic diocese fires gay teacher for saying he’ll marry his partner

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Charlotte Catholic High School
The local Roman Catholic diocese has come under fire again for anti-LGBT discrimination, this time firing a gay teacher after he announced he would marry his same-sex partner later this year. [...]

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Ireland Catholic priest comes out as gay during sermon, gets standing ovation

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Martin-Dolan-2
Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra for 15 years, took the unusual step of coming out in support of same-sex marriage, adding, "I’m gay myself." [...]

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Miami archbishop threatens to fire employees who support gay marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that conduct inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day. [...]

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Vatican says bishops should be led by Pope on issues relating to gay families

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Vatican City
The Vatican is urging bishops to be guided by Pope Francis on family issues and pastoral care for gay and divorced Catholics and those living in civil unions. [...]

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Former music director of Chicago parish sues over anti-gay discrimination

Friday, December 5, 2014
Colin Collette
CHICAGO -- The longtime music director of a suburban Chicago parish has filed human rights complaints after he was fired earlier this year following his engagement to his same-sex partner. Colin Collette, who worked at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness for 17 years... [...]

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Archbishop bans speaker from Catholic support group meeting at Detroit parish

Friday, November 21, 2014
Francis DeBernardo
DETROIT -- The Archdiocese of Detroit has banned a Catholic support group from using a Detroit parish for a meeting with a pro-gay rights speaker. The Detroit Free Press reports Archbishop Allen Vigneron prohibited a talk by Francis DeBernardo for Catholic families with gay members that was scheduled for Saturday. [...]

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. [...]

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