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A gay dad’s open letter to Pope Francis

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
As a gay dad, and a professional, I thought it would be fitting to do what one should, as a matter of courtesy, when someone gets a new job. You send a note of congratulations. So, on behalf of my family, including my two 10-year old sons, I am doing just that. Our note includes a suggested five point plan based on the principles that I have used with my sons, and that they have found effective... [ Read more → ]

Argentine Cardinal elected pope — first pontiff from Americas

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
VATICAN CITY — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. [ Read more → ]

R.I. marriage equality bill may hinge on extent of religious exemptions

Sunday, March 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- As debate over gay marriage in Rhode Island simmers, lawmakers say the results could turn on an exemption in the bill that allows religious organizations to decide whether they will perform or recognize gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Poll: Majority of Catholics support marriage equality for gays, lesbians

Friday, March 8, 2013
A majority of Catholic voters in the U.S. now support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University. The poll found that 54 percent of Catholic voters surveyed supported marriage equality for gays and lesbians, compared to 38 percent opposed. [ Read more → ]
Keith O'Brien

Gay rights group says O’Brien should apologize for ‘vicious, cruel language’ about gays

Monday, March 4, 2013
LONDON — Britain's leading gay-rights group said Monday that Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct, should apologize to gay people for his years of "vicious and cruel language" about them. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

UK’s Cardinal O’Brien admits to sexual misconduct following allegations

Sunday, March 3, 2013
LONDON — The cardinal who until recently served as Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader on Sunday acknowledged unspecified sexual misbehavior and promised to play "no further part" in the public life of the church, an admission which comes at an awkward time for the Vatican. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'BrienFile photo: Scott Campbell, AP

UK Cardinal resigns amid allegations of homosexual advances to younger clergy

Monday, February 25, 2013
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has resigned amid allegations that he made homosexual advances to younger clergy in his diocese. [ Read more → ]

Vatican dismisses report of corruption, underground network of gay priests

Sunday, February 24, 2013
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor, saying they were an attempt to influence the election. [ Read more → ]

Pope’s resignation linked to underground network of gay Vatican priests

Friday, February 22, 2013
ROME — A controversial article by Italy’s respected, leading daily newspaper, La Repubblica, has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of blackmail, corruption and a network of gay prelates in the Vatican. [ Read more → ]

What does Pope Benedict’s resignation mean for LGBT people?

Monday, February 11, 2013
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has long been an opponent to LGBT equality. Even before Pope Benedict came on the scene, the Vatican was employing the phrase “intrinsically disordered” to refer to LGBT people. In the 2012 election, Roman Catholic bishops led the opposition to marriage equality in Minnesota, Maryland, Washington, and Maine, pouring energy and money into campaigns that ultimately ended in defeat for the anti-gay coalitions. Is it likely that the cardinals will choose a pro-LGBT pope? Everything is possible, but this seems highly unlikely. The hierarchy tends to reward and promote those who have been particularly successful at opposing LGBT equality. [ Read more → ]

Pope Benedict XVI to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

Monday, February 11, 2013
VATICAN CITY — Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 — becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Catholic Church in deep turmoil. [ Read more → ]

Ohio educator fired from Catholic school for supporting same-sex marriage

Monday, February 11, 2013
CINCINNATI — An assistant principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been fired over a blog post he wrote in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Francis Malooly

Del. bishop issues pastoral letter in anticipation of same-sex marriage bill

Saturday, February 2, 2013
WILMINGTON, Del. — As advocates prepare to push for a bill authorizing gay marriage in Delaware, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington is weighing in with a pastoral letter on marriage. [ Read more → ]
Activists rally at Chicago's Thompson Center on Jan. 5.Photo: Daniel Guerrero, Chicago Phoenix

Illinois LGBT activists to demonstrate against Cardinal George

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Activists from the Gay Liberation Network, a longtime Chicago-based direct action LGBT rights group, are calling on the local community to join them early next month in a protest against Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, due to his vocal opposition against... [ Read more → ]

More than 1000 Catholic priests sign letter opposing same-sex marriage

Saturday, January 12, 2013
LONDON -- More than 1,000 Roman Catholic priests have signed a letter voicing fears that legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. The letter, published Saturday... [ Read more → ]
Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols

Archbishop orders London church to cease masses for LGBT Catholics

Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, who also leads the Catholic Church in England and Wales, announced this week that he has ordered the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Central London to stop holding masses that were specifically designed for LGBT Catholics. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis GeorgePhoto by Adam Bielawski, via Wikimedia Commons

Chicago Cardinal urges Catholics to oppose marriage equality bill

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George officially entered the political debate over same-sex marriage on Tuesday, issuing a pastoral letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice their opposition to a planned bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis George

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’

Sunday, December 30, 2012
With Illinois state lawmakers poised to consider a marriage equality bill in the lame duck session that begins Wednesday, Catholic bishops and other advocates of "traditional" are taking a new approach: same-sex marriage simply violates natural law. [ Read more → ]

The Year in Review: Five LGBT religious advances in 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012
There was a time, not so long ago, when religion was a unified front against LGBT equality. However, over the years, we have seen that paradigm change, and 2012 witnessed religious people and organizations at the forefront of LGBT advancement ... By the end of the year, we saw several religious leaders stepping out and speaking up, with support coming from some pretty surprising places... [ Read more → ]
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website helps Dutch Catholics protest church’s opposition to gay marriage

Thursday, December 27, 2012
AMSTERDAM -- A website operator in The Netherlands is helping thousands of Dutch Catholics research information on how that can leave the church in protest of its opposition to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Pope Benedict’s attack on marriage equality will backfire

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
In private moments, it must be disconcerting to the Pope that gay couples pledging their love and lives to each other, have significantly greater moral authority than the Vatican. People, including most moderate Catholics, must be scratching their heads and wondering why a troubled religious institution that does not have its house in order, is obsessively trying to cause disorder in loving gay households? [ Read more → ]
Mark Davies

Catholic Bishop compares same-sex marriage to Nazi ideology, communism

Monday, December 24, 2012
A senior Roman Catholic Bishop in the United Kingdom will use his Christmas sermon to compare the legalization of same-sex marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion. [ Read more → ]

Catholic lay group demands Knights of Columbus stop funding anti-gay marriage campaigns

Thursday, November 22, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Catholics United Education Fund (CUEF), a lay Catholic advocacy group, delivered a petition containing about 7,500 signatures to the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, asking the Catholic fraternal organization to stop using its money to oppose same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lennon Cihak

Catholic teen denied Confirmation over pro-gay marriage Facebook post

Saturday, November 17, 2012
BARNESVILLE, Minn. -- A Catholic priest in Minnesota has denied Confirmation to a 17-year-old student after seeing a picture on his Facebook page last month which the teen in which he expressed opposition to the state's failed anti-gay marriage amendment. [ Read more → ]
The Vatican

Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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