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Will the firing of a gay teacher make the Catholic Church change its ways?

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Margie Winters
Margie Winters lost her job when a parent complained about her marriage to a woman. Now, she plans to talk to The Pope. ...

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Following his resignation, former Archbishop John Neinstedt denies allegations

Monday, July 20, 2015
"It pains me deeply that my good name and reputation have been put into question," said former Archbishop John Neinstedt to The Star Tribune.
Neinstedt has called homosexuality "evil" in the past, and thinks equal marriage laws are a Satanic "man-made experiment" that would harm children. ...

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Mayoral candidate faults church in firing of gay teacher

Friday, July 10, 2015
Jim Kenney criticized Catholic Church officials, calling them "cowardly."
Jim Kenney says church officials should explain why teacher Margie Winters and her wife are threats to society. Winters lost her job last month as religious instruction director at suburban Waldron Mercy Academy after telling the school about her out-of-state ...

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Report: Former Twin Cities archbishop tried to limit probe into sexual misconduct

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Former St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt
The former archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Rev. John Nienstedt, interfered with an investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of his misconduct. ...

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Vatican: Ireland same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Pope Francis
The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage. ...

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What does Ireland’s vote say about the U.S. debate on same‑sex marriage?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rory O'Neill, known by the Drag persona Panti Bliss, celebrates with yes supporters at Dublin Castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. ...

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Catholic Church ponders future after same-sex marriage vote in Ireland

Monday, May 25, 2015
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton celebrate at Dublin castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
The morning after Ireland learned it had become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, looked out at the future of the Roman Catholic Church. ...

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Irish premier: ‘Create history’ by voting yes for same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Yes campaign posters are seen in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Barely a generation ago, Ireland listed homosexual acts as a crime and made gays lead secret lives or emigrate to more liberal lands. But on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the world’s first national referendum on the matter, the Irish could vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny is urging Ireland's voters to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum that pits the power of the Catholic Church against his secular-minded government. ...

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Top Swiss Bishop: Being gay is a weakness that can be cured

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jean-Marie Lovey
Jean-Marie Lovey, one of Switzerland’s most prominent Catholic Bishops, said on Tuesday that he is persuaded that "homosexuality can be cured" by prayer or “psychological healing." ...

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Seton Hall priest says he was fired for supporting ‘NOH8 Campaign’

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Warren Hall was removed from his post at Seton Hall after he posted a Facebook message supporting the anti-bullying message of the NOH8 campaign. Now he opens up for the first time since his removal, coming out publicly as gay.
A Catholic priest says he was fired as director of Seton Hall University's campus ministry after publicly supporting the "NOH8 Campaign" in a Facebook post. ...

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