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March 10, 2015

Documentary calls to Vatican to embrace LGBTI people

A heartwarming film released today (10 March) aims to achieve full acceptance of LGBTI persons in the Catholic Church.

It has already reached thousands of people and aims to be seen by Pope Francis and the Vatican clergy.

The 15 minute documentary includes touching personal accounts from Catholic LGBTI people and their family's acceptance of them.

February 19, 2015

Unprecedented move is seen as a 'sign of movement' in the church

In an unprecented move Wednesday (18 February), the Vatican gave a group of gay Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience.

The 50 pilgrims from the US sat front and center in St Peter's Square but were only identified on the list of attendees as a 'group of lay people accompanied by a Sister of Loretto.'

And a Vatican monsignor skipped over New Ways Ministry entirely when he read out the list.

Nevertheless, New Ways Ministry co-founder Sister Jeannine Gramick said the gesture was a 'sign of movement' in the Catholic church.

December 9, 2014

Also says same-sex marriage has 'not crossed our minds'

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must help parents faced with the 'somewhat unusual situation' of having gay children

He wants the parents to stand by those children but as far as those children growing up and being able to marry someone of the same sex, the Pope says that's not something church leaders have even discussed.

October 19, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

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 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.

August 17, 2014

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson also criticised Christian homophobia in a debate at St John's Church, Kidlington

The Bishop of Buckingham has shown his support to same-sex marriage.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, already known as a supporter for LGBTI rights within the Church of England, gave his support during a debate at St John’s Church in Kidlington concerning marriage equality.

Speaking to worshippers at the church, Dr Wilson said ‘The root of marriage is not sex but companionship.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

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.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

January 10, 2014

The Rev. Robert Nugent, who spent 30 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics before being stopped by the Vatican, has died aged 76 from lung cancer

Co-founder of groundbreaking US LGBTI Catholic group New Ways Ministry the Rev. Robert Nugent died of lung cancer 1 January aged 76.

Nugent, a member of the Salvatorian Catholic order, had spent 32 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics in an accepting way from 1977 until he was stopped in 1999 by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI six years later.

New Ways Ministry survived without him and he assisted in parish ministry at St. John the Baptist Church in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in summer of 2013.

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’.

September 6, 2013

UPDATE: The Vatican categorically denies the Pope called a French 25-year-old student to reassure him over his sexuality

Pope Francis has stunned Catholics and gay people around the world alike by reportedly calling a gay student to tell him his sexuality does not matter.

Christophe Trutino, 25 from Toulouse in France, had written to the head of the Catholic Church as he was terrified he was going to hell for being gay.

He said, in the uproar over France’s battle over same-sex marriage, he was struggling to stay a believer in the Catholic faith.

On Thursday afternoon, he received a shocking response.

July 29, 2013

Leader of the Catholic Church has stunned LGBT people around the world by saying he would not judge gay priests

Pope Francis has stunned LGBT people around the world by telling reporters he was not in a position to judge gay people today (29 July).

The leader of the Catholic Church has said he will not judge priests for their sexual orientation, making a stark contrast to his predecessors.

In an open and wide-ranging news conference as returns from his first foreign trip to Brazil, he said: 'If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?'

July 19, 2013

In the latest Vatican gay sex controversy, a journalist has published details of a high-ranking clergy member caught in ‘compromising situations’

The Vatican Bank’s newst appointee is at the center of an international gay sex scandal.

Leaders in the Catholic Church have been turning a blind eye to the homosexual misconduct of Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, claims veteran journalist Sandro Magister.

In a story published in Italian weekly L’Espreso,  Magister wrote that Ricca was caught in several ‘compromising situations' while based in Uruguay from 1999 to 2004, one of which included his getting beaten up at ‘a meeting place for homosexuals’. 

June 18, 2013

After Pope Francis admitted to a 'gay lobby' in the Roman Curia, a 'fraternity of homo-sensible' priests have spoken out against the claims

Gay Catholic priests looking to meet up for friendship and more now have a place to do it online.

Venerabilis, an unofficial gay dating site targeted for priests and the people who love them, is allegedly based in Vatican City.

June 15, 2013

A new policy dictates that gay priests in civil partnerships must prove they’re celibate to be considered for bishop-hood

Gay priests looking to move up in the Anglican Church must now undergo questioning into their sex lives.

In December, the House of Bishops ruled that priests who are in civil partnerships could become bishops, a decision that opened the doors for a number of openly gay priests who were already partnered to rise in the ranks of of the Church.

April 18, 2013

Scotland's largest protestant church already allows gay and lesbian ministers, but they must be celibate

The Church of Scotland is going to debate allowing gay ministers to have sex.

A theological commission has produced a report on the issue of whether the church should ordain ministers who are in same-sex relationships.

Put forward by seven members of the commission, a spokesman told the BBC the report included a broad spectrum of the Scottish Church views.

March 29, 2013

Two gay students at an all boys New York state Catholic school have been allowed to attend their school dance as a couple – despite the school’s opposition to same-sex sexual activity

Two students at New York state’s McQuaid Jesuit High School have been given permission to attend a school dance as a couple despite the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality.

School president Father Edward Salmon allowed the pair to attend after they sought his permission to attend the school’s Junior Ball together and other students started an online petition in support of the couple.

March 7, 2013

To avoid links with pedophilia, Italian LGBT rights campaigner and priest Don Andrea Gallo has said a gay pope would be 'wonderful'

Don Andrea Gallo, a religious LGBT advocate in Italy, has said a homosexual pope would be ‘wonderful’.

‘A homosexual pope would be a wonderful thing,’ he told Italy’s Radio 24. ‘There is equality of the children of God. It is the essence of the Gospel, we are all sons and daughters of God.’

Gallo added: ‘A homosexual priest should be free to express his or her identity and her sexuality, otherwise it represses and becomes pedophilia.’

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 18, 2013

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, scrapped the services for being 'inconsistent' with Catholic teaching

The last gay mass for gay and lesbian Catholics was held for the last time in London’s Soho area yesterday (17 February).

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader brought an end to the services, saying they were ‘inconsistent’ with Catholic law.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has instead asked organizers of the religious service to move out of the ‘gay area’ of London and into Farm Street, Mayfair.