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April 11, 2014

The Philippines Supreme Court has ruled that the government can provide condoms and other forms of contraception to the public for free following years of opposition by the Catholic Church

The fight against HIV and overpopulation in the Philippines has just been given an important new weapon as the country’s Supreme Court has ruled the government can provide free condoms and other kinds of contraception after a tooth-and-nail battle with the Catholic Church.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

March 30, 2014

'He isn't here to be a scold-- and I think that's...a good thing for the church...'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum applauds Pope Francis for his leadership of the Catholic Church.

The Republican, who is against same-sex marriage and open service in the military, was a guest on the NBC News show Meet the Press.

According to Talking Points Memo, host David Gregory asked Santorum what he felt about the pope's lack of emphasis on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 20, 2014

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has asked its Catholic school teachers to sign draconian work contracts that would see them fired for publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married heterosexual relationship

Catholic school teachers in the Ohio Archdiocese Cincinnati are being required to sign strict work contracts that could see them fired for any diversion from the Catholic Church’s moral code – including publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married opposite-sex relationship.

Under the 2014-2015 contract for teachers in the 94 schools supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati employees will be banned from ‘from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.’

March 9, 2014

'He didn’t come right out and say he was for them'

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan warned that Pope Francis' recent comments about civil unions does not mean the pontiff has decided to change church doctrine.

In a 9 March interview on the NBC News program Meet the Press, Dolan pointed out the pope was asking an open ended question.

March 8, 2014

'Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya'

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Catholic Church in New York, has nothing but praise for Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect.

In an interview that will air tomorrow, 9 March, on the NBC show Meet the Press Dolan was asked to respond to Sam's coming out.

March 5, 2014

But head of Catholic church reiterates ;marriage is between a man and a woman'

Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.

The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that 'marriage is between a man and a woman.'

February 28, 2014

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him

Pope Francis will be flying to Uganda in order to praise Uganda martyrs who rejected gay sex from the country's former king.

The head of the Catholic Church will visit Uganda in October, which has recently enacted one of the worst anti-gay laws in the world.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has confirmed the Pope has accepted the invitation to attend the celebrations to mark 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.

The Vatican is yet to confirm the visit.

February 18, 2014

Ronald Plishka survived heart attack and is still furious: 'The doctors came in and told me to calm down or I’m going to have another heart attack'

Lifelong Catholic Ronald Plishka thought the end was near after he suffered a heart attack earlier this month and asked a nurse at the hospital to summon a priest.

Plishka, a 63 year old from Washington DC, wanted to be administered communion and last rites.

The priest, working as a chaplain at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center,  allegedly refused after Plishka mentioned that he is gay.

February 14, 2014

Archbishop of Lublin claims Pope Francis reassured them and told them to continue opposing equality for gay couples

Pope Francis laughed at the idea of same-sex marriage, according to Polish bishops.

Archbishop of Lublin Stanislaw Budzik has revealed personal details of when they went to visit the Vatican last week.

They had asked for advice as the Catholic Church is currently facing fierce criticism over child abuse cases and their opposition to same-sex marriage.

February 10, 2014

New research has tracked the huge divide in acceptance of social issues such as gay marriage and abortion between Catholics in the developing and developed worlds and shows Spain leading the way

A Voice of the People poll has found that close to one-in-four Spanish Catholics would like their church to start marrying same-couples as part of a global snapshot of where ordinary Catholics stand on social issues.

Only 27% of Spanish Catholics still say they oppose civil same-sex marriages though another 9% did not answer the question.

February 7, 2014

Missouri lesbian Carol Parker has been refused communion during her mother’s funeral because the priest objected to her 20 year relationship with partner Josie Martin

Missouri woman Carol Parker was told she would not be allowed to receive the Catholic rite of communion at her mother’s funeral after the parish priest noticed her mother’s obituary mentioned her long term partner Josie Martin.

Parker’s mother passed away 26 December and Father Benjamin Kneib of Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Missouri noticed the obituary for her 30 December funeral and so called Parker to tell her that she would not be allowed communion during the funeral – or in future.

February 1, 2014

Catholic adoption agency found to discriminate against same-sex couples wins appeal to retain charity status after Scottish appeals panel overturns decision

A Glasgow-based adoption agency which was found to discriminate against same-sex couples looking to adopt has won an appeal to retain its charity status.

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told it would lose its charity status, but that decision has now been rejected by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

St Margaret’s is run by the Catholic Church, and was one of several adoption agencies that resisted new adoption equality laws.

January 13, 2014

A poll commissioned by the Catholic Church in Malta has found that 80% of the Maltese people remain opposed to adoption by same-sex couples but the church has withheld the results on how many support civil unions

A survey of the Maltese people carried out by a market research company on behalf of the Catholic Church in Malta has found four out of five people still oppose same-sex couples having the right to adopt.

The poll was carried out by research firm Misco and found that 81% of Maltese people aged 25 to 64 opposed same-sex couples adopting but opposition was lower among those aged 24 and under where 53.5% were opposed.

January 9, 2014

Former Irish president says that gay priests in the Catholic Church are ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants’ in criticizing the church’s approach to homosexuality

Ex-Irish president Mary McAleese has criticized the Catholic Church for being in denial about gay people for decades and called for disgraced Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien to come out as gay and tell his life story.

McAleese told the Royal Society of Edinburgh that there were so many gay priests in the church the issue was ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants.’

January 7, 2014

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has said the Catholic Church's denial over homosexuality is ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants'

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien is being urged to help gay priests come out of the closet.

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has said because the Catholic Church has been in denial over homosexuality for decades, it is ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants’.

January 6, 2014

Pope Francis has told the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General that the church must be careful in how it ministers to the children of same-sex couples, lest it ‘vaccinate’ them against staying Catholic

Pope Francis has warned that the church must be careful to not alienate the children of same-sex couples and children with parents who have separated or it will risk turning them away from the Catholic faith.

‘On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand,' Pope Francis said in a speech to the Catholic women’s Union of Superiors General in November that has only now been published in the Italian media.

December 17, 2013

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter have accused US Catholic bishops of being out of step with ordinary American Catholics on a range of social issues – most notably contraception and homosexuality

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter say that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was wrong when he said the church had been ‘out-marketed’ in the fight over same-sex marriage – writing that it was the Catholic leadership in the US which was out of step with the views of ordinary Catholics.

December 17, 2013

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'

The Advocate, the oldest LGBTI publication in the US, named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Monday (16 December).

The magazine placed a NoH8 campaign tattoo on the cheek of the head of the Catholic Church for its cover illustration along with the quote 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge.'

Such sentiments are a dramatic reversal from the anti-gay rhetoric of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI who had once written that homosexuality was 'intrinsically evil.'

November 30, 2013

According to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan Hollywood is to blame for why some see the Catholic Church as anti-gay

When it comes to gay marriage, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thinks the Catholic Church has been 'out-marketed.'

Dolan, who just completed a term as chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, sat down with the NBC News show Meet The Press. The entire interview will air tomorrow, 1 December.

'I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes,' the influential cardinal said.

November 27, 2013

An unrepentent Savage replies:  'The authorities turn a blind eye… so, yeah, someone has to condemn'

Dan Savage had had enough.

During an appearance on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher last week, he was asked to comment on a Catholic bishop who opposes marriage equality in Hawaii alleging children with same sex parents were at a greater risk of suicide.

'That’s total bullsh*t,' Savage told Maher. 'He’s confusing children with gay parents with children who are raped by Catholic priests. Sorry, I am just done being lectured about children and their safety by Catholic-f*cking bishops, priests, cardinals.'

November 8, 2013

Gay rights campaigners have accused the Catholic Church of corruptly coercing the public into signing a petition requesting a referendum

Croatia is to vote on banning gay marriage.

The Government has agreed to a referendum on 1 December, asking: ‘Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman.’

If the majority votes yes, then the constitution will be amended to ban marriage equality.

November 6, 2013

Messages of support and scorn are flooding in as the Catholics, Church of Ireland and LGBTI campaigners have their say on a equal marriage referendum in 2015

In what could be one of the fiercest fights for gay marriage across the globe, Ireland’s Prime Minister has thrown down the gauntlet by revealing his ‘strong support’ for the issue.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised to campaign for it in a referendum in front of reporters last night (5 November), ending a long silence over his views on equal marriage.

The Government has decided the Irish public will vote on same-sex marriage by mid-2015.