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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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Catholic university suspends plans for screening of Harvey Milk film

Friday, October 3, 2014
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in a scene from "Milk."
WASHINGTON -- A student group at Catholic University postponed a screening of a movie about gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk after school officials raised questions about a flier linking the event to LGBT awareness month. A chapter of the College Democrats had planned to screen "Milk," starring Sean Penn, on Wednesday evening on the Northeast Washington...

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Arkansas Catholic diocese wants to enter same-sex marriage suit

Friday, September 26, 2014
Bishop Anthony Taylor
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The leader of Arkansas' Roman Catholic diocese wants the state's highest court to consider his thoughts on the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban. Anthony Taylor, the bishop of Little Rock, asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a friend of the court brief that argues justices should uphold Arkansas...

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Nuns to reconsider school policies regarding decision to fire gay teacher

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Barbara Webb (left) and her wife Kristen Lasecki in Madison Heights, Mich.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- The Catholic nuns who operate a suburban Detroit school plan to re-examine policies regarding the decision to fire a gay teacher after she became pregnant. Sister Mary Jane Herb, president of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said in a letter to Marian High School alumnae Monday that the congregation ...

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Embattled Minn. archbishop calls for resignation of gay music director

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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VICTORIA, Minn. -- Embattled Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for the resignation of a popular music director at a Victoria, Minn., church because he married his longtime same-sex partner. Father Bob White, who leads St. Victoria Catholic Church, has notified parishioners that Nienstedt has asked for Jamie Moore's resignation...

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Parishioners divided over church’s demand that gay couple get divorced

Monday, September 22, 2014
Paul Huff and Tom Wojtowick
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman.

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Pope Francis chooses moderate bishop to lead Chicago archdiocese

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bishop Blase Cupich
As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. He has spoken out against same-sex marriage and against conservative hostility toward gay rights advocates. He has opposed abortion, while urging parishioners and priests to have patience, not disdain, for those who disagree...

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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown...

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