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J. Peter Sartain (left) and Eusebio Elizondo

Bishops want churchgoers to circulate anti-gay marriage petitions

Saturday, April 7, 2012
SEATTLE -- The two bishops of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle said they will call on parishioners to collect signatures in support of Referendum 74, a ballot measure aimed at overturning the recently passed marriage equality law in Washington state. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Martin McVeigh

Irish Catholic Church investigating how gay porn showed up in priest’s presentation

Monday, April 2, 2012
DUBLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland said Monday it is investigating how a priest accidentally displayed a series of pornographic gay images during a presentation to parents of children preparing to receive First Holy Communion. [ Read more → ]

N.J. Catholic high school cancels production of ‘The Laramie Project’

Friday, March 23, 2012
LAWRENCE, N.J. -- Administrators at a New Jersey high school have cancelled the planned production of “The Laramie Project,” and claimed that parents were worried that the choice for the play was inappropriate for high school students. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo

Catholic Church suspends Maryland priest who denied communion to lesbian mourner

Monday, March 12, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Catholic priest who walked out on a funeral service last month because he was bothered by the attendance of deceased woman's openly lesbian daughter, has been placed on administrative leave by the Washington archdiocese. [ Read more → ]

Catholic diocese cuts homeless funding over director’s support of gay marriage

Friday, March 9, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento has announced it would no longer provide funding for Francis House, one of the largest shelters serving homeless people in Sacramento, because its new director spoke in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Father ‘No communion for you!’ — Not the whole story

Sunday, March 4, 2012
By now you’ve likely heard the story of how last weekend, at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Maryland, Barbara Johnson was denied holy communion by the priest officiating at the funeral of her beloved mother -- and the story of what happened is tailor-made for people eager to prove that religion or Catholicism is evil... [ Read more → ]

Roman Catholic Church leaders choose doctrine over human dignity

Thursday, March 1, 2012
In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has seen the divide grow between the actions of church leadership and what’s in the hearts of the people they are supposed to represent. This month alone, three separate stories illustrate how this divide is alienating faithful Catholics. [ Read more → ]
Al Fischer

Music teacher at Catholic school fired over plans to wed partner of 20 years

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A popular music teacher at a St. Louis area Catholic school has been fired after church officials learned of his plans to marry his partner of 20 years in New York, one of six states where same-sex couples can wed. [ Read more → ]
Marcel Guarnizo

Priest walks out on funeral over attendance of deceased woman’s lesbian daughter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Catholic priest at St. John Neumann Catholic Church walked out on a funeral service two weeks ago and refused to perform the grave site ritual because he was bothered by the attendance of an openly lesbian woman -- the lesbian was the deceased woman's daughter. [ Read more → ]
Steav Bates-Congdon (right) and Bill Bates-Congdon

Music director at Catholic church fired for marrying partner of 23 years

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The popular music director at a Charlotte Catholic church has lost his job because he married his partner of 23 years in New York, one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Often overlooked, Sisters are at the forefront of equality

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Nuns have been on the cutting edge of social issues (it can be argued) for over a thousand years. What you may not know is this: they are also some of the fiercest advocates of social justice for LGBT persons. [ Read more → ]
Pope Benedict XVI

Anti-gay Pope Benedict XVI’s bigoted and bizarre speech

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Why are we even listening to the pronouncements of a “moral leader” who presides over a church that has spent billions of dollars to settle child molestation cases? The last thing hardworking, taxpaying, law abiding LGBT families need is to be scolded by the enablers of the child sexual abuse scandals. [ Read more → ]
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict: Same-sex marriage threatens humanity

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI used his Monday "State of the World" address to condemn efforts around the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, calling same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself." [ Read more → ]
Francis George

Catholic Archbishop apologizes for comparing LGBT rights movement to the KKK

Saturday, January 7, 2012
CHICAGO -- Chicago Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Francis George on Friday issued an apology to the LGBT community for remarks he made last month when compared the LGBT rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. In an interview broadcast on FOX television station WFLD-TV in ChicagoIn... [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group’s newspaper ad rebukes Chicago Archbishop over anti-gay remarks

Sunday, January 1, 2012
CHICAGO -- Truth Wins Out, a non-profit advocacy group that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism -- stepped up its campaign against Cardinal Francis George with a full-page ad in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, rebuking the Chicago Archbishop for his recent comments comments likening gay activists to the Ku Klux Klan. [ Read more → ]

Cardinal Francis George’s Parade of Lies

Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Roman Catholic Church’s toxic obsession with homosexuality manifests itself in countless ways. The most recent anti-gay outburst came from the Chicago Archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, who foolishly compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. [ Read more → ]
Francis George

Chicago Cardinal George backs away from gay ‘Ku Klux Klan’ comment

Monday, December 26, 2011
According to ABC News Chicago, Cardinal Francis George has began to backtrack on comments likening gay activists to the Ku Klux Klan, even after earlier refusing to do so. Last week Chicago’s Roman Catholic leader decried a rerouting of the 2012 June LGBT Pride parade route to a path that would take the march in front of a Catholic church, saying “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.” [ Read more → ]
Francis George

Chicago cardinal compares LGBT Pride to ‘Ku Klux Klan’

Saturday, December 24, 2011
On the heels of an agreement about parade times reached between Chicago LGBT Pride organizers and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church — which sits on the June parade route — the Windy City’s Cardinal Francis George compared the event to “something like the Ku Klux Klan.” [ Read more → ]

Catholic Church campaigning against Scotland’s effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Friday, December 23, 2011
The most organized and vociferous campaign against same-sex marriage in Scotland has been headed by the Catholic Church -- its leader, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has recently said that same-sex marriage will be "forfeiting the trust" of the nation, and "shaming Scotland in the eyes of the world.” [ Read more → ]
John Nienstedt

Minnesota Archbishop wants Catholics to recite prayer opposing gay marriage

Friday, December 16, 2011
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., is calling on Catholics in his diocese to recite a special prayer during mass to promote passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Minnesota state constitution. [ Read more → ]

Catholic bishops vow to defend religious liberty, fight gay marriage

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Monday vowed to defend their religious liberty, and in calling the growing acceptance of gay marriage an attempt to marginalize their faith, launched a new website aimed at promoting traditional, heterosexual marriage. [ Read more → ]

IL Catholic Charities drops lawsuit, will abandon child care to avoid serving LGBT parents

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Three Roman Catholic dioceses have dropped their lawsuit against the state of Illinois, agreeing to transfer more than 1,000 foster care children and staff to other agencies in their regions to avoid placing children in the homes of gay and lesbian parents. [ Read more → ]
Dan Avila

Dan Avila: The Catholic culture warrior who went too far

Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Catholic Church’s is a morally challenged institution that has yet to recover from multiple and ongoing pedophile priest scandals. While it scrounges up dwindling funds to fight marriage equality, it closes down Catholic schools across the nation, and shows grossly misplaced priorities and an unnatural obsession with homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

Catholic Church making deal with the devil to stop marriage equality in Minnesota?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Minnesota Family Council is scum. It is a group devoted to demonizing and stigmatizing the gay community through junk science and ugly propaganda. Yet it is the same group which Archbishop John Nienstedt seems no problem in teaming up with in order to stop marriage equality in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
John Nienstedt

Twin Cities’ Catholic Churches instructed to form anti-gay marriage committees

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS -- John Nienstedt, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, has urged church priests to form committees to help pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
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