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Ken Bencomo

Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after wedding makes local news

Thursday, August 1, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A California man says he was fired from his teaching job at a Catholic high school less than two weeks after his marriage to his same-sex partner was featured in local news reports. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz

Philippines Archbishop says gays must not make themselves ‘laughing stocks’

Thursday, August 1, 2013
MANILA, Philippines -- One of the Philippines most prominent clergymen, Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz, said that gay people should always keep their dignity high by avoiding actions that would make them “laughing stocks." [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis’ revolution is underway and not everyone is pleased

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased. Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics in the trenches to take up spiritual arms to shake up a dusty, doctrinaire church that is losing faithful and relevance. He... [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis on gay priests: ‘Who am I to judge?’

Monday, July 29, 2013
Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. [ Read more → ]
William Hudson

President of prominent Minn. Catholic high school comes out as gay, resigns

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school has resigned after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]

Pope Francis wades diplomatically into gay marriage debate

Friday, June 14, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values "based on marriage." [ Read more → ]
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis

Stunning acknowledgment: Pope Francis confirms ‘gay lobby’ at work at Vatican

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group - a stunning acknowledgment that appears to confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See. [ Read more → ]
Carla Hale

Catholic Diocese of Columbus refuses to reinstate fired lesbian teacher

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has again upheld its dismissal of Carla Hale, the 19-year Bishop Watterson High School teacher fired during Holy Week because she mentioned her partner in a newspaper obituary. [ Read more → ]
Tim Nelson

Discrimination complaint filed against Regis Catholic Schools

Friday, June 7, 2013
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A New Mexico school principal has filed a discrimination complaint with Wisconsin state regulators against Regis Catholic Schools, contending it rescinded an offer to be its president because of unfounded speculation that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
John O'Grady (left) and Bishop Frederick Campbell

Bishop rescinds commencement invite over speaker’s support of gay marriage

Friday, June 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady has been in the Catholic youth ministry, and he has hosted leadership retreats for young Catholics. He has spoken at Catholic schools and has sponsored ball teams throughout the Diocese of Columbus. [ Read more → ]

State legislatures buck Catholic Church on same-sex marriage

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Frank Ferri made peace with God years ago. Last month, Ferri defeated the Roman Catholic Church. The openly gay state representative led the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in what may be the most Catholic state in the nation's most Catholic region. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Gary Meier

Roman Catholic priest risks priesthood, comes out as gay in book

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ST. LOUIS — A Roman Catholic priest in St. Louis has written a book about his life as a gay priest, a move that could risk his priesthood. [ Read more → ]
Keith O'Brien

Scottish cardinal to atone for sexual misconduct with younger clergy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
VATICAN CITY --- The Scottish cardinal who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct will leave Scotland for months of prayer and atonement, the Vatican said Wednesday in a rare sanction. [ Read more → ]
Newt Gingrich

Gingrich claims religious rights are being ‘outlawed’ by marriage equality

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Former U.S. House Speaker, and failed GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," falsely claimed that Catholic adoption agencies are being "outlawed" in some states where marriage equality laws take effect. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

R.I. bishop warns Catholics against attending ‘immoral’ gay weddings

Saturday, May 4, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a warning to Catholics this week that are not free to “endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior,” and advised against attending any gay weddings now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in Rhode Island. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Frederick Campbell

Ohio bishop: Gay teacher’s firing was about marriage, not sexual orientation

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Roman Catholic bishop in central Ohio says the firing of a gay teacher at a Columbus Catholic school was based not on her sexual orientation but on the need to maintain the institution's marriage values. [ Read more → ]
Carla HalePhoto: Andrew Williams, Outlook Columbus

Lesbian teacher fired by Catholic school to take her case to city hall

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Her grievance denied by the Bishop Watterson High School principal who signed her termination letter, Carla Hale said Wednesday morning that she will take her case against the Catholic Diocese of Columbus to the city’s Community Relations Commission. [ Read more → ]

Ohio teacher files grievance, claims she was fired because she is gay

Thursday, April 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A popular Columbus, Ohio, physical education teacher and coach who says she was fired because she is gay, has filed a grievance through her union against the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, according to her attorney. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus, Ohio.

Students at Catholic school in Columbus say teacher was fired because she is gay

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Students at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, are fighting for a longtime physical education teacher and coach they say was been fired by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus because she’s gay. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Detroit Catholic leaders say gay marriage supporters should resist Communion

Monday, April 8, 2013
DETROIT -- The Catholic Archbishop of Detroit says that that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating in favor of same-sex marriage is an act of "perjury," while a local professor advised that those who "promote" gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Timothy DolanABC News

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Gays are ‘entitled to friendship,’ but not ‘sexual love’

Sunday, March 31, 2013
America's most high-profile Catholic official, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, says that gays and lesbians are “entitled to friendship” with each other, but that "sexual love" is intended only between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas Tobin

Bishop: R.I. should hold off on marriage equality bill until Supreme Court rules

Thursday, March 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's Roman Catholic leader said Wednesday that state lawmakers should hold off on acting on a marriage equality bill while the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue. [ Read more → ]

SF Archbishop: Children will suffer for generations as a result of gay marriage

Friday, March 22, 2013
San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone explains that a U.S.Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry would have horrible consequences "for generations to come." [ Read more → ]

Gay participants banned from Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day parade

Friday, March 15, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Organizers of Cincinnati's St. Patrick' Day parade have banned the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) from participating in the annual event because they don't want any gay and lesbian groups marching in a "Catholic event." [ Read more → ]
In this July 14, 2010 photo, a demonstrator looks on between banners that read in Spanish: "Satan take off your cassock," during a rally to support a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, AP

Argentina’s gay community not thrilled with selection of new pope

Friday, March 15, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay community are unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic with the Vatican's choice. [ Read more → ]
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