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Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on marriage, homosexuality

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
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VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican admitted Thursday that most Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex and contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality. The Vatican blamed its own priests for much of the problem, saying they simply aren't ...

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Queer Nation blasts HRC for ‘hypocrisy’ on LGBT workplace protections

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
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NEW YORK — The gay rights activist group Queer Nation this week blasted the the Human Rights Campaign, the national’s largest LGBT lobbying group, for condemning Vatican hiring policies while it lobbies for passage of a workplace discrimination bill that includes religious protections.

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Fired teachers seek audience with Pope over Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholics schools for either being LGBT, or supporting an LGBT family member.

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Pope to convene synod to discuss gay marriage, divorce, contraception

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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The Vatican will convene an meeting of senior clerics this fall to re-examine church teachings on its most controversial issues: same-sex relations, divorce and contraception.

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

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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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.

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

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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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.

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

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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.
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.

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Vatican surveys find Catholics reject rules on morality, gay marriage

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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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.

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

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

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Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

| Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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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.

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