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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.

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'.

June 6, 2014

'I think of all the serious Catholic mothers who felt freed when he said that -- free to love their kids'

Pope Francis 'thrilled' DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor when he said last year of gays: 'Who am I to judge?'

Those five words came a month after Windsor achieved a historic Supreme Court victory with the gutting of key provisions of DOMA.

She believes they will make a world of difference.

'His bully pulpit has a great deal of meaning,' Windsor said this week in an interview with HuffPost Live.

May 13, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church suggests that while he may never be in favor of marriage equality, he would make a little green man a Catholic

Pope Francis will not marry gay couples, but will baptize an alien from Mars.

If someone like E.T were to show up at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church said he would definitely not oppose blessing a Martian.

In his morning Mass on Monday (12 May), the Pope was telling a story from the Acts of Apostles in which Peter observes a group of non-Christians receiving the Holy Spirit.

After other Christians criticized Peter, Pope Francis said: ‘That was unthinkable.

May 1, 2014

Head of the Catholic Church will ask bishops on their findings after speaking to their congregations about what they think about family life

Pope Francis has called on his bishops to meet in order to discuss same-sex relationships, divorce and contraception.

Last year, the leader of the Catholic Church directed bishops around the world to speak to their flocks about family life.

In a meeting planned for this October at the Vatican, the religious leaders will put forward their findings.

April 12, 2014

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity'

While speaking to the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis insisted children need to be raised by mothers and fathers.

The comment was made as the pope was criticizing child soldiers and child labor.

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity,' the Pope said, as reported by the Advocate.

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 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 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.'

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 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.'

October 31, 2013

‘Gay brain’ scientist Simon LeVay’s new book is historical fiction but can the real homosexuality of past pontiffs encourage Pope Francis to embrace LGBTI equality?

Homosexuality is a good thing – and that’s as true for popes as it is for regular mortals. But because the Catholic Church considers homosexuality a ‘moral disorder’, we’re not likely to hear good things about gay popes. If we hear anything about them at all, it’s in the context of shocking misdeeds.

September 27, 2013

Pope Francis is making some positive comments on gay people, but there is much more to the story

Pope Francis continues to send shock waves across the globe with his liberal-leaning pronouncements. And they are the most affirmative remarks the world has ever heard from a pontiff on the dicey subjects of abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage.

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’. 

July 12, 2013

Pope Francis has announced an overhaul of the Vatican City criminal code, with the age of consent raised and stiffer punishments for pedophiles within the city state

Vatican City’s equal age of consent is being raised from 12 to 18 following the announcement of an overhaul of the Catholic Church’s criminal code by Pope Francis.

Francis has also ordered that Vatican City adopt international norms to prevent transnational criminal activities.

‘It is … necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters,’ Francis said in a statement released by the Holy See yesterday.

July 5, 2013

A major statement, co-authored by former Pope Benedict XVI and new Pope Francis pushes Vatican’s anti-gay message

Both living Popes, Francis and Benedict XVI, have come together to send an unprecedented message against gay marriage.

A new ‘encyclical’ issued by the Vatican today, contains their joint musings on the nature of faith and love. It says faith should serve the ‘common good’ but makes clear this doesn’t include gay and lesbian marriage.

The document, only signed by Francis but promoted by Benedict XVI who came out of retirement today to push it, says faith enlightens humanity ‘first and foremost’ by ‘the stable union of man and woman in marriage’.

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 11, 2013

Leader of the Catholic Church says the highly secretive Roman Curia is part of the 'gay lobby', which was claimed to be responsible for the resignation of Benedict XVI

Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

According to sources cited by religious media today (11 June), the leader of the Catholic Church has said there is a ‘current of corruption’ in the Vatican’s administrative the Curia.

April 22, 2013

Piero Marini, ex chamberlain of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, said that 'gay couples need civil unions, but we can not call them "marriage"'

Archbishop Piero Marini, the chamberlain to former Pope Benedict, has said the Catholic Church is changing and called for civil unions for gay couples.

Marini, who was a senior official for the conservative Benedict, recognized ‘same-sex couples need civil rights and civil unions. But we can not call them “marriage”’.

Speaking at a bishops’ meeting in Costa Rica, Central America, Marini commented also on the new Pope, Francis: ‘Now we can breathe fresh air, the church is changing.’

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 15, 2013

While many are criticizing the new pope’s stance on LGBT issues, he’s not as bad as his predecessors or as some of the other candidates, argues Lucio Buffone

Reading through the gay press, Facebook and Twitter and talking to friends, there is general bewilderment, anger and some disgust in our community at the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

March 13, 2013

GLAAD: 'We hope this Pope will trade in his red shoes for a pair of sandals and spend a lot less time condemning'

The election today (13 March) of Pope Francis as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has led LGBT groups to call for a Pope different from his anti-gay predecessor Benedict XVI.

'For decades the Catholic hierarchy has been in need of desperate reform,' said Herndon Graddick (pictured), president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.