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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (b. April 16, 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, and served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. [ Wikipedia ]

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UK Cardinal resigns amid allegations of homosexual advances to younger clergy

Monday, February 25, 2013
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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. [...]

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Vatican dismisses report of corruption, underground network of gay priests

Sunday, February 24, 2013
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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. [...]

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

Friday, February 22, 2013
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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. [...]

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

Monday, February 11, 2013
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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, [...]

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

Monday, February 11, 2013
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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 [...]

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10 things I wish the Pope could have observed on my family’s trip to Disneyland

Sunday, January 6, 2013
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The Pope has stated that gay families pose a “crisis” in which “the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost”. Meanwhile, I was taking my gay family on a trip to Disneyland. On the day we [...]

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

Thursday, December 27, 2012
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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. [...]

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Pope Benedict’s attack on marriage equality will backfire

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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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 [...]

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

Monday, December 24, 2012
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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. [...]

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Christmas message from the Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens’ humanity

Monday, December 24, 2012
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The Vatican stepped up its assault on marriage equality, as Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message that same-sex marriage is destroying the very foundations of the family and what it means to be human. [...]

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