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September 23, 2013

Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has said that opposition to same-sex relationships is not a central issue of faith for Catholics but has denied that the church’s position has changed following Pope Francis’ recent comments on the issue

Australian Cardinal Archbishop George Pell has qualified recent comments made by Pope Francis warning that the Catholic Church must not obsess over issues like homosexuality and contraception.

The Archbishop of Sydney said moral issues are important but not central issues of faith for Catholics while stressing that the church had not changed its stance on homosexuality or contraception.

March 17, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien accused of attempting to grope a priest during a Rome drinking party, while serving as Cardinal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is alleged to have attempted to grope a priest in Rome on the night of a drinks party celebrating him becoming a ‘prince of the Church’ in October 2003.

The party where O’Brien allegedly tried to grope a man was attended by a noteable bishops and dignitaries.

This is the first direct allegation against the Cardinal and sexual misconduct at the heart of the Catholic Church.

March 4, 2013

Jane Fae argues the Catholic leadership’s failure to deal with their problems is killing her faith and could be suicidal for the church itself

Does the Catholic Church have a death wish? I hope not, because that would mean it was suicidal and, of course, suicide is the worst of all sins, it being, by definition, the only one for which there is no chance of seeking forgiveness after.

March 3, 2013

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric acknowledges 'my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest'

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has come forward acknowledging sexual misconduct with other priests throughout his tenure.

According to BBC, the cardinal said in a statement issued through the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland:

'In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.

February 28, 2013

Satirical website 'exposes' how the Vatican picks the next pope, and it's in a very gay way

What exactly do the cardinals get up to when they pick the new pope?

Well, one satirical website has an idea. Maybe they lock the doors, lower the blinds, fire up the smoke machine and put on their heels as they listen to Scissor Sisters’ gay anthem ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’.

In the video, the cardinals must choose between the homophobe, the pedophile or the sexist one.

Like in real life, two-thirds have to come to an agreement before the new pope is elected. It is only then the white smoke can be released.

February 28, 2013

After Pope Benedict XVI officially resigns, Italy's Tarcisio Bertone will take over until the conclave of cardinals reach a decision on a new leader

As Pope Benedict XVI finishes his final hours as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the world is looking to his temporary replacement.

Today (28 February), the Catholic Church will enter into a period known as ‘Sede Vacante’ (vacant See), during which a senior cardinal takes over interim powers until a new pope is elected.

Italy’s Tarciso Bertone, referred to as the camerlengo, in the past has blamed the church pedophilia on the ‘homosexual infiltration’ of the Catholic priesthood.

February 27, 2013

Benedict XVI appoints Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia to the position, who has previously connected premature deaths to homosexuality

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a temporary successor to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Archbishop of Glasgow Reverend Philip Tartaglia will govern the vacant diocese until a permanent appointment is made.

It follows Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who has previously compared gay marriage to slavery, resigned after allegations he initiated inappropriate acts with his male priests.

February 25, 2013

Leading opponent of same-sex marriage in Scotland, Keith O’Brien has resigned after claims he initiated ‘inappropriate behavior’ with priests

Britian’s most senior Catholic and a leading opponent of gay and lesbian marriage, Keith O’Brien, has quit after claims he initiated ‘inappropriate acts’ with his priests.

The Vatican is going to investigate the claims.

Four priests, one who has now left the church, have accused the archbishop of ‘inappropriate behavior’ over 30 years.

February 20, 2013

Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the top contenders to take over for Pope Benedict XVI, has said gay people are to blame for child sex abuses

The African cardinal widely tipped to be the next pope has blamed the Catholic Church’s pedophilia on gay priests.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, from Ghana, said the sex abuses would never happen in Africa because the culture is against homosexuality.

Speaking to CNN, the 64-year-old said: ‘African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against the tendency.

February 12, 2013

Place your bets on who will be the next Pope. But more important than the winner is the direction they will take the church, including on LGBT issues

Put not your faith in princes nor, if you are looking for anything more than pure flutter on the Papal handicap, bookmakers. For with the starting pistol fired on next month’s papal competition a number of online bookies are already quoting odds on the most ‘papabile’ of a long field of cardinals and also-rans.

February 11, 2013

After the Pope's resignation, LGBT activists in Italy and across the world are split on the future of the Roman Catholic Church

Gay groups in Italy and across the world have reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation today (11 February).

On 28 February, the Roman Catholic leader will leave his post and the Vatican will decide on his successor.

'After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,' Benedict said.

February 11, 2013

After Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation due to his ill health, one of the top contenders for the post is Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson

The top three candidates for Pope are all vehemently anti-LGBT, with one defending African laws punishing gay people with death.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned earlier today (11 February), with the 85-year-old citing ill health and his advancing age.

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has said many of the laws imposed on gay people in Africa are an ‘exaggeration.’

December 28, 2011

Chicago Cardinal Francis George's conciliatory tone on Christmas Day is now gone and calls for his ouster grow louder

Cardinal Francis George is now reiterating his controversial comparison of LGBT activists in Chicago to the Ku Klux Klan and calls for his resignation are growing louder.

The head of the city's Roman Catholic Church had appeared to be toning down his position on Christmas Day but in a statement on the Archdiocese of Chicago's website this week, he not only repeated the comparison, but expanded upon it.