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November 18, 2014

Once the leader of a Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Men and women are at the 'root of marriage', Pope Francis has said in a blow to gay rights.

In what is being seen as a huge step backward in the liberal pope's tenure, it looks unlikely that the Catholic Church will support same-sex marriage for years to come.

In an address at the opening of a three-day conference at the Vatican, he called family 'an anthropoligical fact...that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history'.

November 14, 2014

Another senior figure in the church has lashed out at gay people who wish to marry and start families

A Catholic Cardinal in Italy has said this week that gay couples that wish to have children are undermining traditional families and are ‘irresponsible’.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is the Archbishop of Genoa and the President of the Italian Bishops Conference, is regarded as a senior figure in the church.

Addressing a meeting of Italian bishops in Umbria on Monday, he spoke out against same-sex civil unions, saying that they ‘confuse people’, especially if children are involved.

‘It is irresponsible to weaken the family by creating new forms.’

October 31, 2014

Singer and AIDS activist praises head of Catholic Church as a 'compassionate, loving man'

Elton John is praising Pope Francis for his attempts to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place for gay people.

'Make this man a saint now, OK?,' John said this week during a benefit in New York City for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

CBS News reports that the singer was cheered when he said: 'Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it.'

October 31, 2014

Singer and AIDS activist praises head of Catholic Church as a 'compassionate, loving man'

Elton John is praising Pope Francis for his attempts to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place for gay people.

'Make this man a saint now, OK?,' John said this week during a benefit in New York City for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

CBS News reports that the singer was cheered when he said: 'Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it.'

October 20, 2014

'This synod was not to make any decisions'

The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan went on a Sunday news program to explain the most recent family report by the Catholic Church.

The cardinal was a guest on ABC News' This Week. He explained more conservative bishops, especially those from Africa, are worried about anything seen as undermining traditional marriage.

October 18, 2014

Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke will instead be named to the Patron of the Knights of Malta

Anti-gay American Cardinal Raymond Burke is about to lose his job as head of the Roman Catholic Church's version of a Supreme Court.

Burke has clashed with Pope Francis since he became head of the church last year and confirmed his demotion on Friday (17 October) to Buzzfeed News.

He will go from being the church’s chief guardian of canon law to patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which is a minor post.

October 17, 2014

A new English version of a Vatican report on how it should approach gays and lesbians contains toned down language in an apparent concession to conservative bishops

The Vatican press office has released a new English translation of a report on how the Catholic Church should approach gays and lesbians and people in same-sex marriages which tones down the original supportive language.

The version of the report released on Monday spoke of ‘welcoming homosexual persons’ and providing them a ‘fraternal space.’

It also stated that people in same-sex relationships provided ‘precious support’ for each other.

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 14, 2014

Church does not want to create 'the impression of a positive evaluation' of same-sex relationships

The Vatican has backtracked a bit on a document leaked this week which stated that a gay Catholics' orientation should be 'valued' and that they have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes.'

The interim report from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome also stated that same-sex couples can give 'precious support' to one other.

October 14, 2014

The Vatican, who believes gay people have 'gifts' to offer the Catholic Church, might have already changed one view

The Vatican, who has said gay people may have 'gifts and qualities' to offer the Catholic Church, may have already changed one bigoted view.

Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has flipped his position on the country's anti-gay laws that punishes homosexuality, gay clubs and societies with up to 14 years in jail. 12 states in Nigeria that enforce Shari'a law punishes gay sex with death.

October 13, 2014

A new document reveals that some bishops believe some gay Catholics have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes

The Catholic Church could be able to radically change its views on gay people, as signalled by a new document leaked from the Synod.

The papers, released as a summary of the ongoing meeting between the Pope and his bishops, reveal the church could shift in tone regarding homosexuality, divorce and contraception.

Gay Catholics' orientation should be 'valued', and it should be noted they have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes, the Tablet reports.

October 13, 2014

A new document reveals that some bishops believe some gay Catholics have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes

The Catholic Church could be able to radically change its views on gay people, as signalled by a new document leaked from the Synod.

The papers, released as a summary of the ongoing meeting between the Pope and his bishops, reveal the church could shift in tone regarding homosexuality, divorce and contraception.

Gay Catholics' orientation should be 'valued', and it should be noted they have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes, the Tablet reports.

October 11, 2014

US Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments came in an interview during the Pope’s Synod of the Family in Rome, in which he also commented on the ‘aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda’

A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships.

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to discuss family issues, including same-sex marriage.

October 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 3, 2014

Adoption and social security rights will also be extended to gay couples

Coahuila on Monday became the first Mexican state to formally approve gay marriage through its legislature.

Lawmakers approved 40 changes to the state’s civil code that will extend all marital rights to gay couples, including adoption and social security.

The changes were passed by 19 votes to three and could come into effect as early as next week.

Leftist congressman Samuel Acevedo, who proposed the changes in March, told journalists the change was 'a great step forward.'

August 26, 2014

The World Congress of Families that has praised Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ ban still hasn’t found a venue for its Melbourne conference scheduled for Saturday

The right wing anti-gay and anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia this Saturday appears to be becoming a shambles, with it not even having found a venue just days before it is supposed to start.

The event had initially been going to be held in Mentone St Patrick’s parish hall but the venue withdrew after police advised the venue not to host the event because of security concerns.

Event organizers then moved the event to St Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Glen Iris but that venue also turned them down.

July 17, 2014

Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development as the church said they had ‘self-disqualified’ themselves from receiving funding by refusing to cut ties with a Latino civil rights group that supports same-sex marriage

The Catholic Church in the United States has stripped an immigrant workers rights group of funding over support for same-sex marriage.

Portland based Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant from the US Catholic Campaign for Human Development in June after it refused to cut ties with Latino civil rights group the National Council of La Raza.

July 10, 2014

Flint Dollar was told 'that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church'

Flint Dollar, a popular music teacher at a Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, is suing after his teaching contract was not renewed after four years.

The reason: he is gay and announced on Facebook that he was going to marry his partner this summer.

Although he had been open with school administrators since he came Mount de Sales Academy, there was now a problem and he found himself called into the office of the school president.

June 27, 2014

A new Vatican working paper which was the result of a worldwide survey of Catholics reiterates the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage but found nearly all Catholics thought having gay parents should not be a barrier to a child being baptized into the faith

A new Vatican report which will be the basis of a meeting of bishops in October has conceded that many Catholics now support the legal recognition of same-sex unions in countries where they are legal but reiterates the church’s opposition to such unions being recognized.

The Instrumentum Laboris working paper will be the basis of the upcoming Synod on the Family which has been organized by Pope Francis I to revisit the Catholic Church’s position on a range of issues related to marriage, sexuality and family.

June 22, 2014

Archbishop of Singapore William Goh has attacked the LGBTI community, saying gay people need to be ‘restored to wholeness’

The Archbishop of Singapore has written a blistering attack on the LGBTI community, labelling gay lifestyles as ‘detrimental to society.’

In a letter dated 19 June, Singaporean Archbishop William Goh said LGBTI people were contrary to religious teachings and their relationships are invalid because they cannot procreate.

‘My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,’ wrote Goh.

‘The LGBT movement is gaining momentum. Some of you are confused and are asking what the Church's position is with regard to the family.

May 26, 2014

The auxiliary Catholic bishop of Brasilia and general secretary of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil says his church would be willing to support civil unions but draws the line at calling them marriages

Bishop Leonardo Steiner has become the first national level leader in the Catholic Church to publicly accept the recognition of same-sex couples with civil unions while still opposing sex between people outside of marriage.

Steiner made the comments in an interview with O Globo, saying ‘The Church is always changing.’

May 19, 2014

The Catholic Church in New Zealand plans to promote a documentary in which celibate gay Catholics encourage other LGBTIs to remain celibate, saying they should love God instead of each other

New Zealand’s Catholic Church plans to use a new documentary to encourage Catholic gays and lesbians to not act on their feelings, telling them to love God instead.

New Zealand Bishops Conference secretary Bishop Patrick Dunn told the Catholic News Agency that he planned to use The Third Way documentary to minister to Catholics who are attracted to people of the same-sex.

‘The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for such a controversial topic,’ Dunn said.