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  • 22nd November 2010

    German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12

    Many Catholic priests are gay, Mr Berger claimed.

    5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.

  • Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64

    There are said to be 5,000 pupils in the schools

    10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.

  • 21st November 2010

    Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27

    A mock-up of a Pope sponsored condom

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.

  • 20th November 2010

    Gene Robinson: Archbishop of Canterbury ‘abducted by aliens’ over homosexuality 29

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    5:26 PM — The Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to be ordained as a bishop has used his first interview since announcing his retirement to criticse the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a wide ranging interview with The Times, Bishop Robinson says Rowan Williams acts as if he was abducted by aliens and replaced with someone with a completely contrary view on homosexuality.

  • 9th November 2010

    Five Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism over gay bishops and female clergy 31

    The Vatican invited unhappy Anglicans to join Catholicism

    1:59 PM — Five Church of England bishops have announced they are converting to Catholicism over the row about female clergy and gay bishops. The Vatican recently invited dissatisfied Anglicans to convert.

  • 8th November 2010

    ‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6

    The man was denied a protection visa because authorities did not think he was gay

    5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.

  • Hundreds stage gay kiss-in as Pope visits Spain 16

    The Pope was greeted by protesters staging a gay kiss-in

    1:18 PM — Gays and lesbians staged a kiss-in protest during the Pope's visit to Spain as the Pontiff defended "traditional" relationships. The protest, said by reports to include 100-200 people, took place as he was driven through Barcelona yester

  • First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.

  • 4th November 2010

    Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20

    The Bishop of Wakefield said that the church must listen to gay people

    5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.

  • Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86

    The Catholic Church says homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered".

    11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21

    All eight couples will file a legal challenge (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.

  • 1st November 2010

    Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60

    Senior clerics said that there was a clash of rights

    12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."

  • 31st October 2010

    Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5

    The Or Chadesh gay community believes it was the target of attack

    11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.

  • 29th October 2010

    Universities ‘should employ watchdogs against discriminatory extremism’ 17

    The report said student unions should use watchdogs to curb extremism

    4:03 PM — Universities should employ watchdogs to guard against religious extremism, a report has said. It accused some members of the Islamic society at City University of intimidating gay, female and Jewish students, as well as those who worked on the student newspaper.

  • 27th October 2010

    Gay priest ice cream ad banned for ‘mocking Catholics’ 46

    The ad was ruled to be offensive to Catholics

    11:50 AM — An ad for ice cream which showed two priests about to kiss has been banned after it was ruled offensive to Catholics. The Advertising Standards Authority said that the ad, for Antonio Federici ice cream, was likely to cause "serious offence".

  • 26th October 2010

    Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18

    The Pope will visit Spain next month

    3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.

  • 11th October 2010

    New York governor candidate Carl Paladino attacks homosexuality 35

    Carl Paladino said he was not a bigot

    4:44 PM — The Republican candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, has denied he is a bigot after criticising homosexuality. Speaking at a meeting of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, Mr Paladino warned that children were being "brainwashed" into thinking that homosexuality is valid.

  • 8th October 2010

    Australian LGBT support group wins legal pay-out 9

    WayOut, a gay group from Victoria, Australia, were awarded $5,000 in a legal pay-out

    5:31 PM — A court in the Australian state of Victoria has upheld a complaint from a gay youth support group after a Christian youth camp refused them accommodation, claiming it was against their position on homosexuality.

  • Washington DC Methodist Church approves same-sex marriages 4

    The congregation of the Washington DC branch of the Foundry United Methodist Church voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

    4:29 PM — Worshippers at Washington DC's Foundry United Methodist Church voted 367 to 8 last month to allow same-sex marriages to take place at the church and to allow its clergy to perform said ceremonies.

  • Serbian Orthodox Church issues anti-Pride statement ahead of Sunday’s parade in Belgrade 12

    The Serbian Orthodox Church have expressed outrage over Sunday's planned Pride parade in Belgrade

    3:45 PM — The Serbian Orthodox Church said today that they strongly oppose the gay Pride march planned for this Sunday in Belgrade.

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