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Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin

Ind. bishops: God is author of marriage, not within State’s power to redefine

Friday, December 13, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s six Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter in response to a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, asserting that the well-being of children, the family, and society are at stake. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Archbishop of Mumbai: Catholic church ‘never considered gay people criminals’

Thursday, December 12, 2013
MUMBAI -- The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, said Wednesday that the Church has “never considered gay people criminals.” [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. [ Read more → ]

Gay Catholic school teacher fired hours after applying for marriage license

Saturday, December 7, 2013
BENSALEM, Pa. -- A Catholic high school teacher in Pennsylvania said he was fired on Friday, just hours after applying for a marriage license to wed his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, APCardinal Timothy Dolan

NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Catholics ‘outmarketed’ on gay marriage

Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK -- New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been "outmarketed" on the issue of same-sex marriage and has been "caricatured as being anti-gay." [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal George blasts gay marriage in letter to all Chicago-area Catholics

Sunday, November 17, 2013
CHICAGO -- One of the most high-profile religious leaders who opposed Illinois' new same-sex marriage legislation says the law will have consequences for the church and society. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

Ill. Catholic bishop to hold gay marriage ‘exorcism’ when governor signs bill

Thursday, November 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Roman Catholic bishop in Illinois said Thursday he will preside over a prayer service of “supplication and exorcism” next week to coincide with they ceremony in which Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the state's marriage equality bill into law. [ Read more → ]

Catholic Church yanks YMCA grant over relationship with pro-gay marriage group

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Catholic Church is rescinding a $60,000 grant to the University YMCA in Champaign, Ill., because the organization has refused to cut ties with an LGBT support group that backs same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, AP

Vatican ambassador: U.S. bishops shouldn’t preach ideology

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
BALTIMORE — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church. [ Read more → ]
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis

Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 31, 2013
NEW YORK -- The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year. [ Read more → ]
FacebookTippi McCullough (right) and her spouse Barb McCullough

Ark. teacher fired from Catholic school after marrying same-sex partner

Sunday, October 20, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas teacher has been fired from a Catholic school after she married her same-sex partner in a ceremony in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]

Hawaii lawmakers, church leaders meet on exemptions in gay marriage bill

Friday, October 11, 2013
HONOLULU — Religious leaders in Hawaii have been meeting with state lawmakers about a religious exemption in pending gay marriage legislation, balancing their opposition to the bill with trying to protect their interests as much as possible should it pass. [ Read more → ]

Minn. Catholic schools continue to grapple with how to approach gay rights

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Recent remarks about inclusiveness by the new president of the University of St. Thomas have heartened gay and lesbian advocacy groups on the Roman Catholic campus, but recent departures of gay employees from a suburban Catholic high school left a different impression. [ Read more → ]
Greg Reynolds

Catholic priest excommunicated over support for women priests, gay marriage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Just one day before Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church over its obsession with gays, an Australian priest learned he had been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
John Corvino

R.I. Catholic college cancels philosophy professor’s talk on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College, a Roman Catholic school, canceled a talk on gay marriage by a philosophy professor who has spoken and written extensively in favor of it, prompting concerns about academic freedom from some students and faculty members. [ Read more → ]
Catholic Church

Catholics cheer Pope Francis’ remarks on gays, abortion

Monday, September 23, 2013
NEW YORK -- Catholics attending Sunday services around the globe said they were heartened by Pope Francis' recent remarks that the church has become too focused on "small-minded rules" on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives. [ Read more → ]
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, has been a polarizing figure in the same-sex marriage debate in the U.S.

Pope’s blunt remarks on gays, abortion pose challenge for outspoken bishops

Sunday, September 22, 2013
NEW YORK — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling marriage equality and abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas Tobin

Despite Pope’s message, R.I. bishop to continue to speak against gay marriage

Friday, September 20, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, known for his activism against legalizing same-sex marriage, struck a conciliatory tone Friday after Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being too obsessed with gays and abortion, but signaled little change in his anti-gay activism. [ Read more → ]
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, Wis.

Wis. Catholic church reconsiders, will not kick out local Boy Scout troop

Thursday, September 19, 2013
ALTOONA, Wis. — A Boy Scout troop will be able to keep its home base at a Catholic church in Altoona. Catholic leaders have reconsidered a tentative decision to have Troop 90 look elsewhere for a place to meet after the Boy Scouts revised a membership policy to allow openly gay boys to join the scouting program. [ Read more → ]
Riccardo De Luca, APPope Francis looks on during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Pope Francis criticizes Catholic Church’s obsession with gays, abortion

Thursday, September 19, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. [ Read more → ]
Juan Luis Cipriani

Catholic Church, conservative politicians attack Peru’s same-sex civil union bill

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- The Catholic Church and leading conservative politicians have lunched an attack on a Peru lawmaker and his draft bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, calling it an attempt to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” [ Read more → ]
KARE-TVKristen Ostendorf

Teacher fired from Catholic school after 18 years because she is gay

Thursday, September 12, 2013
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Another employee of a suburban Minneapolis Catholic high school was fired after it was disclosed that the individual is gay and in a same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Larry Silva

Honolulu bishop says discrimination against gay couples is ‘just’

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Honolulu’s Catholic Bishop Larry Silva has issued an “urgent” appeal against same-sex marriage in Hawaii, arguing that discrimination against gay couples is "just." [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas Tobin

R.I. bishop switches from Democrat to Republican over gay marriage, abortion

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican because he can not be associated with the Democratic party's views on abortion and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal defends funding cuts for immigration groups that support gay marriage

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
CHICAGO -- Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, is defending his decision to bar church funding for immigrant rights groups that support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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