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  • 15th October 2007

    Vatican’s quick investigation of priest in gay sex sting 5

    The president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick “internal clean-up.“

    5:55 PM — A senior Roman Catholic official has said that the Church will conduct immediate investigations into allegations against a priest exposed on Italian TV.Cardinal Julian Herranz, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick "internal clean-up."Monsignor Tommaso Stenico was suspended on Sunday after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.

  • Muslim leader wants gays exiled from Uganda 5

    The Muslim community, who make up 12% of Uganda's population of 27 million, were quick to add their voices of disapproval.

    2:53 PM — The leading Muslim cleric in Uganda, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje, has come up with a novel solution to deal with gay and lesbians speaking up in the country.He told journalists at a press conference on Friday that he had recommended to the country's President at a meeting last week that all gay people should be sent into exile on an island in Lake Victoria."If they die there then we shall have no more homosexuals in the country," he added. There has been rising tension in the country over gay and lesbian rights.

  • Canadian Anglicans vote for same-sex blessings 2

    The Ottowa decision will do nothing to heal the rift in the 77 million member Anglican church in North America and rest of the world.

    12:15 PM — A diocese of the Anglican church in Canada has voiced its support for the blessing of gay and lesbian marriages in spite of assurances from the national church that no such ceremonies will take place.Ottawa Anglicans voted 177 to 97 in favour of blessing gay marriages at a meeting on Saturday, following several hours of impassioned debate. A similar vote in the diocese of Montreal will take place later this month.Some Ottawan priests have threatened to stop performing marriage ceremonies for heterosexuals unless they are allowed to bless same-sex couples.

  • Gay friendly bishop’s UK tour 1

    As well as gay rights, 76-year-old Bishop Spong encourages feminism and racial equality within the church.

    10:10 AM — A provocative retired Anglican bishop who supports gay rights within the church is to give give a series of talks in the UK.John Shelby Spong, a bishop with the Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, for 24 years, is conducting a world tour in support of his book Jesus for the Non-Religious.He has already toured New Zealand and flies to South Africa afterwards his UK appearances.

  • 14th October 2007

    “Outed” Vatican priest suspended by Vatican 5

    Monsignor Tommaso Stenico's photograph was released by PapaNews

    8:12 PM — A senior Roman Catholic Church official has been suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.Originally only identified as sixty-year-old, working in the Congregation for the Clergy department which manges the 400,000 active Catholic priests across the globe. He was identified by Vatican officials who recognised his office in the background of the picture.

  • 9th October 2007

    Muslims join Christian condemnation of gay protection law 100

    The IHRC, an “independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London,“ attacked the concept of a gay incitement law.

    12:31 PM — The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, adding its voice to a chorus of complaints from evangelical Christians.The IHRC, an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London," attacked the concept of a gay incitement law."If someone is reading the Bible and calls homosexuality an abomination, is that going to be incitement?"

  • 8th October 2007

    English bishop threatens conference boycott over gays 30

    Michael Nazir-Ali, who is an evangelical Christian, has said he would “find it difficult“ to attend the conference.

    11:36 AM — The Church of England's war of words over the ordination of a gay bishop has been reignited by the Bishop of Rochester, who has indicated he may boycott a meeting of senior Anglican leaders next year.The Lambeth conference, held every ten years, has been a focus of discontent from traditionalists angry over the Church's stance over gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.Conservative bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said he would "find it difficult" to attend the conference.

  • 5th October 2007

    Gay rights off the agenda for African church leaders

    The move divided US Episcopalians and alienated them from parts of the church's global membership of 77 million.

    5:16 PM — A meeting of African Anglican Archbishops avoided homosexuality yesterday, a topic dividing their Communion, in favour of other issues affecting the continent.The gathering took place in Mauritius and was chaired by Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, an outspoken opponent of gay rights.Last month he criticised the US Episcopal Church for not making a clear stand against consecrating gay clergy or blessing gay unions.

  • 4th October 2007

    Christians are ‘anti-homosexual’ according to US poll

    Of believers, 80% identified “anti-homosexual“ as a negative adjective describing Christianity today.

    6:30 PM — A survey in the United States conducted by the Barna Group between 2004 and now has found that both Christians and non-Christians have a 'bad impression' of Christianity.The religion is also waning in popularity with a rapid increase in people describing themselves as 'non-Christian' since the same poll was conducted in 1996.Surveying 440 Christians and the same amount of non-believers, nine out of ten non-Christians found Christians too "anti-homosexual."

  • Gay bishops and same sex unions ‘inappropriate’ says report

    The denomination's General Convention instead agreed to “exercise restraint“ in ordaining gay bishops.

    1:15 PM — A report to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has given assurances that bishops around the world will 'exercise restraint' in ordaining any more openly gay bishops, and not bless same sex marriages.But the report, published yesterday by the Joint Standing Committee, which influences policy within the Anglican communion, has proved unsatisfactory to both sides by avoiding condoning or condemning gays.

  • 1st October 2007

    UK Peer challenges Russian Patriarch over gay rights 1

    Homosexuality is “an illness“, according to the Russian Patriarch

    5:37 PM — Lib Dem peer Lord Russell-Johnston fought back today when Russian Patriarch Alexy II called homosexuality an "illness" at an international human rights conference.Addressing international MPs at well-respected human rights watchdog the Council of Europe, the Patriarch said: "This [homosexuality] is an illness, a change, a distortion of a human person."

  • Church of Norway votes to allow gay pastors 1

    The Bishops voted six to five for the measure

    5:37 PM — Bishops of Norway's Lutheran church voted on Tuesday by a close majority to allow gay pastors, a church official told a press conference.The Bishops Conference, a seven-man and four-woman panel of 11 Norwegian bishops, voted six to five for the measure, said their official representative, Olav Skjevesland.Theological doctrine currently followed in the Norwegian church officially excludes people living in a homosexual union from officiating at services.

  • 28th September 2007

    Archbishop claims condoms are infected with HIV 7

    AIDS campaigners called the Archbishops comments 'nonsense' and defended the use of contraception.

    3:45 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique has claimed that some European-made condoms and anti-retroviral drugs are deliberately infected with HIV.Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio's remarks, made at celebrations to mark 33 years of Mozambique's independence, have angered the country's many AIDS campaigners.Talking to a BBC reporter, the Archbishop Chimoio said: "Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose."

  • Catholics call for boycott over SM apostles 1

    The Catholic League is asking a group of over 200 religious organisations, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Protestants to boycott the Miller brand.

    12:05 PM — A Roman Catholic pressure group is calling for a boycott of a brewing company's products after their logo appeared on a gay advert.Bill Donaghue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, called for the boycott of Miller on US breakfast show Fox and Friends this morning.The move follows Miller's sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair, which takes place on September 30th, during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week.

  • 26th September 2007

    US Anglicans to stop ordaining gay bishops 29

    The Episcopal Church's conflicting views on homosexuality has received global attention.

    11:50 AM — In a bid to stop the Anglican Church from splitting, the American Episcopal Church has agreed not to ordain any more openly gay bishops and will not introduce a formal blessing ceremony for same sex civil partnerships.The compromise between the liberal and conservative branches of the Episcopal Church, as the Anglican Church is known in the US, was agreed late last night as a vote was taken at crisis talks in New Orleans.The church has agreed to "exercise restraint" when selecting bishops.

  • 25th September 2007

    Anglican church debates final position on homosexuality 4

    Rowan Williams earlier said that homosexuality is not a disease

    1:00 PM — As the decision deadline creeps up the Anglican community waits to hear whether the church will split over their official position on homosexuality.A 30 September deadline has been set by the Anglican church for the American Episcopal Church to agree to a full ban on any appointing new gay bishops or approving same sex civil partnerships within the clergy.

  • 23rd September 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6

    Rowan Williams: “I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease“

    12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."

  • 19th September 2007

    Archbishop criticised for demanding gay concessions 1

    Private meetings between Archbishop Williams and the American bishops will take place today and tomorrow.

    5:08 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is in New Orleans today meeting with bishops of the American branch of the Anglican church.It has been widely reported that he will demand guarantees from them that no more gay bishops will be ordained and that the American church will not bless gay relationships.The crisis over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.

  • 18th September 2007

    Archbishop to hold “secret” meeting with gays 4

    Archbishop Williams is under intense pressure to hold the communion together.

    1:14 PM — Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to meet behind closed doors with gay Anglicans to discuss the current crisis in the Church.The Times revealed details of the "secret" meeting. The fact that those attending are expected to abide by confidentiality rules has upset gay Christians.A spokesman for the Archbishop played down the significance of his meeting with gay priests and others.

  • 16th September 2007

    Williams will tell US churches to stop ordaining gay bishops 1

    Rowan Williams will fly to New Orleans on Wednesday

    11:16 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams will visit New Orleans on Wednesday to meet bishops from the United States Episcopal church to urge them not to ordain any more gay bishops. Meanwhile the church leaders want Mr Williams to listen to their arguments for ordaining gay clergy."He's in no uncertainty as to the importance of this meeting," a close aid said. "The meeting is a major step in deciding whether the Anglican Communion can stay together as a global family.

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