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David Norse

Presbyterian church in Philadelphia to welcome openly gay pastor

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia says it's welcoming an openly gay pastor. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Gene Robinson

Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

Monday, October 28, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church told a Purdue University audience he believes God is leading people to a deeper understanding of homosexuality. [ 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 → ]
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 → ]
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 → ]

Church of Scotland takes step to allow gay clergy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
LONDON — Senior members of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to let some congregations choose ministers who are in same-sex relationships — an important compromise that must still pass further hurdles before it can become church law. [ Read more → ]

Bishop Gene Robinson: Lover of social justice (and ice cream)

Saturday, May 11, 2013
This man, the first openly gay ordained bishop in the history of Christendom has become something more than himself — and he realizes it. And he realizes it with such humility, cheer and even delight that it can’t help but be infectious. And he was so kind to me personally, even asking me to call him “Gene." [ 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 → ]

‘As much as he can, he gets it.’

Thursday, January 24, 2013
In his second inaugural address, the President called for the equality of gays and lesbians like no President has ever done. Even now, as I think about the transcript of his speech and reading those words “Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall” my throat tightens, my eyes water. With that line he presented a seminal moment in the history of gay rights – the Stonewall riots – as a transformative moment in American civil rights history. There is no question. The President of the United States, who is African-American, views the battle for gay rights as a battle for civil rights. As much as he can, he gets it. [ Read more → ]

Episcopal Church approves new rites for same-sex unions, transgender-inclusive policies

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Episcopal Church has approved a measure to allow the blessing of same-sex unions, as well as two proposals adding gender identity and expression to the Church's nondiscrimination canons for ordained ministry, and a resolution supporting legislation for equal immigration rights for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Presbyterian Church votes ‘no’ on gay marriage, will continue to allow gay clergy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has rejected a call to change its definition of marriage to “a covenant between two people,” but will continue to allow the ordination of openly gay clergy. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights pioneer, groundbreaking author Rev. Robert Wood, turns 89

Monday, May 21, 2012
In 1960, the young Reverend Robert Wood (1923-present) published a first-of-its-kind book, entitled “Christ and the Homosexual,” in hopes of inspiring a movement of dialogue, new writing, and deeper understanding regarding the gay community, particularly by the Church. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Jane Spahr

Gay clergy disinvited from Advent services at Castro Catholic church

Thursday, December 15, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- At least three gay and lesbian clergy members were disinvited from participating in Advent services at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. The call for the gay clergy not to attend came from the... [ Read more → ]

British University study finds schools fail to address homophobic bullying

Friday, November 18, 2011
SHEFFIELD, England -- In a study released this week to coincide with Britain's National Anti-Bullying Week, researchers from the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research at Sheffield Hallam University have revealed that many schools in the United Kingdom fail to properly address homophobic bullying. [ Read more → ]
Scott Anderson

Meet Scott Anderson, soon to be first openly gay ordained Presbyterian USA minister

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
"Our pastor is gay! Our pastor is gay! How can we possibly continue being Christians now?!" Okay, fine: I don't actually know what the two people said to their fellow parishioners at Bethany Presbyterian when, in the spring of 1990, they decided to out their... [ Read more → ]

Secretly Gay-Affirming Pastors: You Are Not Alone

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Yesterday I received this email (which I use here by permission): Dear John, Hi. My name is [deleted]. I am nearly 48-years-old, and am married with two grown children. I am also a Methodist minister in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have come to believe that... [ Read more → ]

Presbyterian Church begins ordaining openly gay clergy

Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Presbyterian Church on Sunday became the largest Christian denomination to ordain openly gay clergy, as a measure takes effect that will allow gay men and women in same-sex relationships to become ministers. [ Read more → ]

Presbyterian Church USA votes to allow openly gay clergy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Presbyterian Church on Tuesday voted to change its constitution to allow the ordination of gays as ministers, elders and deacons, becoming the fourth Protestant denomination in the United States to make the move that experts say reflects a larger cultural shift. [ Read more → ]
Jim McGreevey

Jim McGreevey: too much of a ‘jackass’ to join gay-welcoming Episcopal clergy

Monday, April 25, 2011
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned following revelations he was gay and having an extramarital affair with a male staffer, has been denied admission to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian priests wed in New Year’s Day ceremony

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
BOSTON -- Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day in a wedding that appears to be the first of its kind in the U.S. -– at least in the Episcopal Church. [ Read more → ]
Video still allegedly showing a gay priest having sex in a Roman nightclub

Gay priest witch hunt snags three on video in nightclubs

Friday, July 23, 2010
The UK's Daily Mail is reporting that three Catholic priests were caught on tape having sex in Rome's gay nightclubs. The news has reportedly "shocked ... the devoutly Catholic country." [ Read more → ]

LA Episcopal diocese elects first openly gay bishop

Sunday, December 6, 2009
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that kept gays out of its highest ordained ministry, a move that deepened divisions between liberals and conservatives in the faith, reports the LA... [ Read more → ]
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