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Advocate for homeless LGBT youth calls on Pope to end religion’s anti-gay messaging

Sunday, April 13, 2014
NEW YORK -- Homeless LGBT youth advocate Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, America's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is calling on Pope Francis to to lead the world's religious communities in bringing an end to the "grave moral failure" by the Church to embrace LGBT youth and families. [ Read more → ]
Cristina Fernandez

Argentine president to be godmother to lesbian couple’s baby

Friday, April 4, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral. [ Read more → ]

Cincinnati Catholic teacher contract gets specific on behavior, ‘lifestyles’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
CINCINNATI -- The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired -- such as having an abortion, artificial insemination or engaging in a "homosexual lifestyle." [ Read more → ]
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

Catholic nun tells students gay parents abuse kids, masturbation turns boys gay

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims. [ Read more → ]
Martha Coakley

Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church

Saturday, March 15, 2014
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a court brief Thursday in support of a married, same-sex couple who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a Northbridge mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Trujillo, (AP)Former Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda attends a news conference in downtown Seattle on Friday, March 7, 2014 to announce a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Gay former vice-principal sues Catholic school for wrongful termination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
A gay vice principal who was forced out of his job at Eastside Catholic School filed a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and church on Friday. Lawyers for the church and school planned to respond immediately with a motion arguing King County Superior Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case without violating the First Amendment. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
ROME -- While reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview Wednesday that the church could support some form of civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Heart attack victim says he was denied last rites after telling priest he’s gay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A heart attack victim says a Roman Catholic priest working as a chaplain at a Washington D.C. hospital refused to give him last rites and communion after the patient told him he’s gay. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

Monday, February 17, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject rules on morality, gay marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Surveys commissioned by the Vatican have shown that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Barrett

Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda

Catholic school says it won’t rehire gay administrator who married partner

Friday, January 24, 2014
SEATTLE -- A Catholic school in a Seattle suburb says it won't rehire gay Vice-Principal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out in December after his same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM

Catholic school leader who ousted gay vice principal resigns

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SEATTLE -- The president of a Catholic school in Washington state who allegedly fired a gay vice principal becuase he married his same-sex partner, then suggested he divorce to keep his job, has resigned in the aftermath of the turmoil that followed that decision. [ Read more → ]
Most Rev. Fernando Sebastian Aguilar

Newly selected Catholic cardinal calls homosexuality a bodily ‘defect’

Monday, January 20, 2014
MADRID -- Spain's newly chosen Catholic cardinal has described homosexuality as a "defect" within ones body, akin to high blood pressure, that can be corrected with treatment. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop Paul Coakley

Catholic archbishop ‘profoundly disappointed’ in Okla. marriage ruling

Thursday, January 16, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says he's "profoundly disappointed" in a federal judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

After much prayer, church stands by decision to oust gay administrator

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Archdiocese of Seattle said Wednesday it won't change its mind about rehiring a gay vice principal who was encouraged to leave a Seattle-area Catholic high school after school officials learned he had married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Brian Panetta (left) and Nathan David

Catholic school choir director forced to resign following engagement to partner

Monday, January 13, 2014
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- A Catholic school in Sandusky, Ohio, has forced its band and choir director to resign after school officials learned he and his boyfriend recently became engaged to be married. [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Merrow (right) and Jenny Frazier

Catholic school that forced out gay administrator keeps lesbian music coach

Friday, January 10, 2014
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- A part-time musical coach at a Catholic school in Washington state who recently announced she is engaged to her same-sex partner said Thursday the school has given her a new employment agreement as an independent contractor. [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Merrow (right) and Jenny Frazier

2nd instructor at Seattle Catholic school fears dismissal over planned wedding

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- A part-time musical coach at a Catholic school in Washington state said Tuesday she is engaged to her same-sex partner and is nervous about how school leaders will handle the news after they forced out a vice principal who married his partner. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

Gay educator says Catholic school suggested he divorce to keep his job

Monday, January 6, 2014
SEATTLE -- A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school's leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert Nugent

Catholic priest once condemned by Vatican for his ministry to gays dies

Thursday, January 2, 2014
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Trukillo, (AP)

Catholic students rally to protest ‘forced’ departure of gay vice-principal

Saturday, December 21, 2013
SEATTLE — Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal. [ Read more → ]

Students walk out in protest of ‘forced’ resignation of gay Catholic school official

Thursday, December 19, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Hundreds of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., walked out Thursday to protest the resignation of a vice principal they say was forced out because he recently married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy on the buttocks during a photo session a year earlier. [ Read more → ]
Michael Griffin (right) and Vincent Giannetto.

Catholic school suffers sharp backlash over firing of gay teacher

Friday, December 13, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Administrators at a Roman Catholic high school suffered a sharp and swift backlash this week after firing a well-liked teacher who sought to marry his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
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