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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 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.

January 23, 2013

The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, will ordain Shannon Kearns

A progressive US Catholic Church ordained its first transgender male priest this week.

Shannon Kearns was tasked with starting a new parish in Minneapolis by The North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC) on 19 January.

Kearns says he hopes he will lead his flock by aiming to combine traditional Catholic beliefs with embracing all people.

He said: ‘I am honoured and humbled to have my calling to ministry affirmed by the North American Old Catholic Church.

‘I look forward to many years serving as a priest.’

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

April 9, 2012

Gay Muslim couple faces death threats and hate mail after ceremony

A gay Muslim couple have married in France, where it is not yet legal, with the blessing of an imam.

French-Algerian Ludovic Mohamed Zahed and his partner, Qiyam al-Din, a South African, were previously able to marry in Qiyam’s home country.

However as their union was not recognized by French authorities, an imam blessed the marriage in a ceremony held among family and a few close friends on 12 February 2012.

Ludovic recounted how the couple met last year on France 24 TV.