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Gay educator says Catholic school suggested he divorce to keep his job

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.
SEATTLE -- A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school's leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job.

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Catholic priest once condemned by Vatican for his ministry to gays dies

| Thursday, January 2, 2014
Rev. Robert Nugent
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died.

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Catholic students rally to protest ‘forced’ departure of gay vice-principal

| Saturday, December 21, 2013
Joshua Trukillo, (AP)
SEATTLE — Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.

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Students walk out in protest of ‘forced’ resignation of gay Catholic school official

| Thursday, December 19, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Hundreds of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., walked out Thursday to protest the resignation of a vice principal they say was forced out because he recently married his same-sex partner.

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Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

| Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Archbishop John Nienstedt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy on the buttocks during a photo session a year earlier.

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Catholic school suffers sharp backlash over firing of gay teacher

| Friday, December 13, 2013
Michael Griffin (right) and Vincent Giannetto.
PHILADELPHIA -- Administrators at a Roman Catholic high school suffered a sharp and swift backlash this week after firing a well-liked teacher who sought to marry his same-sex partner.

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

| Friday, December 13, 2013
Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin
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.

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

| Thursday, December 12, 2013
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
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.”

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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.

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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.

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