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Pope Francis suggests Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
ROME -- While reaffirming the Catholic Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, Pope Francis said in a newspaper interview Wednesday that the church could support some form of civil unions. [ Read more → ]
APCardinal Peter Turkson

Vatican official criticizes Uganda’s anti-gay law, calls for its repeal

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A Vatican cardinal has criticized Uganda's anti-gay law and called for the repeal of its severe penalties. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said Tuesday that "homosexuals are not criminals" and shouldn't be sentenced for up to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

Monday, February 17, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject rules on morality, gay marriage

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Surveys commissioned by the Vatican have shown that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert Nugent

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014
BALTIMORE — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Jack, speaking at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference earlier this year.

Openly gay teen scientist honored by Vatican as positive role model

Sunday, November 17, 2013
CROWNSVILLE, Md. — An openly gay teen scientist has been honored by the Vatican for his work to develop a cost-effective method to detect pancreatic cancer. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, AP

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis

Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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. [ 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 → ]
Keith O'Brien

Scottish cardinal to atone for sexual misconduct with younger clergy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
VATICAN CITY --- The Scottish cardinal who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct will leave Scotland for months of prayer and atonement, the Vatican said Wednesday in a rare sanction. [ Read more → ]
In this July 14, 2010 photo, a demonstrator looks on between banners that read in Spanish: "Satan take off your cassock," during a rally to support a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.Photo: Natacha Pisarenko, AP

Argentina’s gay community not thrilled with selection of new pope

Friday, March 15, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — While the appointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope has filled many in this deeply Catholic country with pride, members of the gay community are unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic with the Vatican's choice. [ Read more → ]

Argentine Cardinal elected pope — first pontiff from Americas

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
VATICAN CITY — Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis. [ 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 → ]

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

Monday, February 11, 2013
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 Catholic Church in deep turmoil. [ Read more → ]

Pope Benedict’s attack on marriage equality will backfire

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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 its house in order, is obsessively trying to cause disorder in loving gay households? [ Read more → ]

Vatican rebukes ‘radical’ U.S. nuns for ‘promoting issues of social justice’

Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Vatican this week rebuked the Leadership Conference of Women Religious – an umbrella group representing most American nuns – for spending too much time “promoting issues of social justice” and failing to speak out often enough about “issues of crucial importance to the life of the church and society,” such as gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict denounces efforts toward legalizing gay marriage in U.S.

Friday, March 9, 2012
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Friday denounced the "powerful political and cultural currents" seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, and urged U.S. bishops to strengthen their teaching of the evils of premarital sex and cohabitation. [ 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 → ]

Pope Benedict confirms UK visit; attacks Britain’s proposed equality bill

Monday, February 1, 2010
The Vatican condemned Britain’s proposed equality law Monday, complaining that legislation to give homosexual equal rights “violates natural law”. From UK's Times-Online: On the day Rome finally confirmed that the Pope would make a state visit to Britain this year, the Vatican launched an unprecedented... [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan

Cardinal’s anti-gay remarks prompt rebuke from Vatican

Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Roman Catholic Church still regards homosexuality as an “insult to God” and homosexuals and transsexuals will never go to Heaven, a leading cardinal said on Wednesday, prompting a rebuke from the Vatican. [caption id="attachment_3465" align="alignleft" width="259" caption="Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan"][/caption] Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan,... [ Read more → ]
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