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

| Friday, November 29, 2013
Patrick Semansky, APCardinal Timothy Dolan
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."

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

| Sunday, November 17, 2013
Cardinal Francis George
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.

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

| Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
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.

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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.

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

| Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Patrick Semansky, AP
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.

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis
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.

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

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
FacebookTippi McCullough (right) and her spouse Barb McCullough
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.

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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.

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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.

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Catholic priest excommunicated over support for women priests, gay marriage

| Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Greg Reynolds
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.

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