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  • 18th April 2007

    Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted

    Williams argued that a strict theological reading of the text would not allow a Christian to condemn others or find fault in their actions.

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused anti-gay conservative Christians of misinterpreting a key biblical passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, is on a visit to Canada."Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said.

  • 17th April 2007

    London Muslims overwhelmingly oppose gays 57

    More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.

    1:56 PM — An in-depth survey into the attitudes of Muslims living in London has revealed that less than 5% think homosexual acts are "acceptable," compared with over 65% of the general populationThe Gallup poll, reported in The Times, found that Muslims differed significantly with the rest of the capital's population in their attitudes to a range of social questions.More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.

  • Williams to meet with American Anglicans 1

    The next Lambeth conference, which is held every decade to discuss global doctrine, will meet next year.

    11:58 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced plans to meet with the church in the US to discuss gay priests and same-sex marriage.Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide, warned yesterday that the controversial issue could divide the church.Williams is currently visiting Canada.

  • 13th April 2007

    Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told

    Last month MPs on the Commons education committee singled out the Roman Catholic church for criticism.

    5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.

  • 12th April 2007

    Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions

    If the bill passes the state legislature it will have to be signed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to become law.

    5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."

  • 10th April 2007

    Church discriminates against gay people says Archbishop 2

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated. photo: copyright © :The Royal School of Church Music

    10:22 AM — The head of the Anglican church in Wales has called for an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians.In his Easter sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated and women are not treated as equals.His comments came at the end of a week when a bishop of the Church of England faced an employment tribunal in Cardiff over allegations he discriminated against a gay man seeking employment.

  • 9th April 2007

    Archbishop of York claims Church is distracted by homosexuality 5

    Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the “endless debate“ on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word

    12:00 AM — The second most senior clergy man in the Church of England has warned that his church has become distracted by homosexuality.Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the "endless debate" on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word.Dr Sentamu said: "The Church has not been very good at clearly spelling out what the message of Jesus is about."

  • 5th April 2007

    Cardinal in gay April Fool furore

    A story in the fake March 28th edition featured an admission by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, that he is gay. photo: vatican website

    11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."

  • Priests in favour of civil unions accused of being gay 10

    The three priests have been met with adversity since their statements.

    10:35 AM — Against a background of continuing Roman Catholic opposition to a new law to recognise unmarried couples, three Catholic priests in Italy have spoken out in defence of civil partnerships.Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea showed their support in an article entitled "We are Catholics in favour of homosexual civil unions" in the Turin newspaper La Stampa .

  • 4th April 2007

    ‘Incest’ bishop under police guard after catherdral attack 10

    Bagnasco has been under police guard since yesterday, due to fears for his personal safety resulting from the appearance of the graffiti.

    4:54 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after his cathedral was attacked by vandals.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco is being accompanied by an escort after the slogan "Bagnasco shame" was painted on the entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa.

  • Bishop to give evidence in gay discrimination tribunal 11

    John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.

    11:53 AM — A bishop of the Church of England is spending Holy Wednesday at an employment tribunal.The Bishop of Hereford will defend allegations that he illegally discriminated against a youth worker because he is gay.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Crucifixion teaching repulsive and insane says gay priest

    Mr John argues that too many Christians live their lives without realising that God is about “love and truth.“ photo: Diocese of Southwark

    11:25 AM — A Church of England Dean will tell a BBC Radio 4 audience this evening that traditional teaching of Christ's crucifixion is both "repulsive" and "insane."The Very Rev Jeffrey John is an openly gay Dean who was forced to step down as a candidate for bishop after a row about his sexuality.Traditionally, Christian theology has taught that because humans have sinned, God sent Christ to suffer and die in our place.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Homophobic preacher harassing Swedish royal family 2

    The Westboro Baptist church has protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    4:29 PM — A spokesman for Sweden's royals has confirmed that American preacher Rev Fred Phelps has been faxing hate messages to them.Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.They were the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast last night.

  • Bishop compares gay rights to incest 11

    A newspaper article later said the Archbishop was merely using incest and paedophilia as examples of changing morality.

    11:03 AM — The new head of the Italian Bishops Conference has been heavily criticised by politicians for comparing moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who was appointed last month, is in charge of the Roman Catholic church campaign to block a new law that would allow unmarried couples, gay and straight, some legal protection.

  • 1st April 2007

    Stonewall backs gay youth worker in case against bishop 11

    Mr Reaney was told the job was his if the bishop approved.

    10:38 AM — The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Hereford is accused of blocking the application of a gay man to work within his diocese.John Reaney, 42, was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.Within the application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney admitted that he was gay. Following a successful interview, he was told that subject the consent of the Bishop, he would be appointed.

  • 30th March 2007

    Church must be safe haven for gays says Williams 3

    Archbishop Williams has conceded in the past that the church could split over gay issues.

    11:13 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican church must listen to gay and lesbian people and provide a safe place for them.He was responding to an internal church report into the progress of dialogue within the Anglican communion.At a conference in Lambeth in 1998 the church promised to listen to the experience of gay and lesbian people.

  • 29th March 2007

    Cardinal questions loyalty of Catholic church to Britain 8

    In a lecture in London, the Cardinal said that Roman Catholics and other Christians and faith groups were going to demand their rights.

    10:30 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed that religion is under attack in this country.In his strongest condemnation yet of legislation designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor last night became the first Catholic leader in nearly 200 years to question whether the policy of the government is at odds with practising the Roman faith.

  • 28th March 2007

    Bishops warn MPs about civil rights for gay Italians

    Members of Parliament have been strongly lobbied by the Catholic Church.

    6:18 PM — The Italian bishop's conference has today released a statement saying that the government attempt to legally recognise civil unions is unacceptable.The bishops called the idea that Catholic politicians might vote in favour of the proposals "incomprehensible."Italy has been gripped by the conflict between traditionalists and progressives.

  • Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism

    Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979.

    11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

  • 27th March 2007

    Conservative Rabbi school allows gay admission 2

    Gay men and women can become rabbis in both the Reform Jewish movement and the smaller Reconstructionist wing of the faith.

    12:39 PM — A prestigious Conservative Jewish seminary in New York has taken a step towards equality by opening its doors to gay students.The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced on Monday that it would begin to accept applications from LGBT students, but that the decision was not taken lightly.The change in policy comes three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards voted to allow the ordination of gays and lesbians.

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