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  • 27th March 2008

    Mardi Gras clergy feel the wrath of fundamentalists 1

    Despite a few vocal opponents to the Reverends' participation, many lay churchgoers emailed the ministers with words of support.

    10:30 AM — Some Sydney-based clergy who marched in this year's 30th anniversary Mardi Gras have had their careers threatened by those who objected to their public participation and support of gay rights.Some 35 ministers marched, alongside eight people who acted as proxies on behalf of their church's Reverends, as part of a group known as 100Revs.The name refers to the 100 Reverends who signed a formal apology to the LGBT community.

  • 13th March 2008

    Bishop claims gays use the Holocaust to get “sympathy” 53

    The bishop said there is a “giant conspiracy“ going on and claimed he is taking on the forces of secularism.

    12:20 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell has claimed that the "gay lobby" attends Holocaust memorials "to create for themselves the image of a group of people under persecution."The Right Reverend Joseph Devine was giving a lecture entitled Sectarianism and Secularism: Bugbears for the Catholic Church in Scotland on Tuesday night when he made his comments.The bishop said there is a "giant conspiracy" going on and claimed he is taking on the forces of secularism.

  • 11th March 2008

    Gay hate preacher attacks Steps star 10

    Stephen Green is best-known as the head of anti-gay lobby group Christian Voice.

    12:20 PM — The controversial fundamentalist Christian Stephen Green has compared Steps singer H to mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer.Green, who is notorious for his protests at gay Pride events, was taking part in BBC Wales current affairs programme, Week In, Week Out. While being interviewed by H, also known as Ian Watkins, Green called him vile and said he would pray for him.

  • 10th March 2008

    US gay Catholics plan special welcome for Pope 26

    The Pope, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York between 15th and 20th April.

    10:22 AM — A group that works for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans in the Roman Catholic church is planning a series of protests against Pope Benedict during his visit to the US next month.The Rainbow Sash Movement said it is calling on "Catholics of good will" to take the Papal visit as an opportunity to shower the Pope mobile with ashes instead of confetti."Ashes are an ancient and appropriate greeting for a sinner who has caused the Church so much division and pain," RSM said in a statement.

  • 4th March 2008

    Pope praises US opposition to gay rights 26

    The Pope will visit Washington and New York between April 15th and 20th.

    12:36 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has welcomed the new United States Ambassador to the Vatican with praise for her country's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.Mary Ann Glendon, a close friend of President Bush, took up her appointment last month.Speaking in English Pope Benedict XVI said that he is "looking forward" to his five-day trip to the US next month.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Bishop stresses civil partnership is not marriage 3

    The term 'gay marriage' is often used to describe civil partnerships, despite significant differences.

    11:30 AM — A Church of England bishop has said it is "careless" to refer to civil partnerships as marriages.The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, also attacked the government for weakening the status of marriage."Most of my gay friends would want to distinguish between marriage, which is something that happens for a man and a woman," he said.

  • 29th February 2008

    Tutu to accept award from LGBT rights group 6

    In December he apologised to gay people all around the world for the way they have been treated by the Church.

    12:30 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu is to be honoured by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.The Anglican leader has been outspoken in his rejection of homophobia, often clashing with his more conservative African colleagues.He will be appearing at IGLHRC's A Celebration of Courage event in San Francisco on April 8th to accept the OUTSPOKEN Award.

  • 27th February 2008

    Tutu calls on Ugandans to protect LGBT community 1

    Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.

    7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has joined 120 Christian and Jewish leaders in a call to the government of Uganda to stop homophobia in the country.In a letter to President Yoweri Museveni they demanded an end to "verbal assaults and legal attacks of your government on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people."Most of the signatories were clergy in the Metropolitan Community Church.

  • 23rd February 2008

    Rowan Williams holding “secret” talks to avoid gay split 4

    Rowan Williams will aim to avoid more splits

    4:00 PM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is understood to be backing plans that would create a "parallel" conservative Church in America in a bid to for American conservatives to avert prevent further splits over the ordination of gay clergy and wider attitudes to homosexuality.The Daily Telegraph reports that Dr Williams has held talks with senior American bishops who oppose some of the more liberal approaches taken by the Episcopal Church.

  • 14th February 2008

    Ugandan bishops will boycott Lambeth conference

    The 14th Lambeth Conference will take place in Canterbury between 16th July and 4th August 2008.

    1:40 PM — The Archbishop of Uganda said today that bishops from the country will not be attending the Lambeth conference later this year.The conference of Anglican church leaders from across the world is held once a decade.The 2008 gathering has been dominated by fights about the place of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican church. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that 70% of bishops had already accepted invitations to attend.

  • 11th February 2008

    Archbishop unerpentant over Sharia comments 5

    The Synod, the Church of England's parliament, was addressed by Dr Rowan Williams this afternoon.

    4:15 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the General Synod of the Church of England that he accepts responsibility for confusion about his comments on Islamic law in the UK.But he added that is was right of him to raise the concerns of faith communities and some of his remarks had been misinterpreted."Some of what has been heard is a very long way indeed from what was actually said," he told Synod members gathered in London for a pre-planned meeting.

  • 10th February 2008

    Williams under continued pressure over Sharia law speech 50

    Rowan Williams says he didn't call for Sharia law

    10:30 PM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to defend himself following his comments on Sharia law during his address to the Church of England General Synod in London tomorrow.Since saying that the adoption of elements of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable", he has been under attack from all sides. The previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey wrote in the News of the World: "He has in my opinion overstated the case for accommodating Islamic legal codes."

  • 9th February 2008

    Archbishop denies he called for Sharia law 50

    Rowan Williams says he didn't call for Sharia law

    12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has denied that he called for the introduction ofSharia Law.In a statement he said that he "certainly did not call for its introduction as some kind of parallel jurisdiction to the civil law".He said that he was "exploring ways in which reasonable accommodation might be made within existing arrangements for religious conscience".

  • 6th February 2008

    Fundamentalist Christian poster breached advert code 27

    The ASA ruled that the statement was “likely to be understood to represent the prevailing view of the gay community.“

    12:10 PM — A advertising poster for the Christian Congress for Traditional Values which claimed that gay people want to abolish families has been found to breach the advertising standards code.In an adjudication released today the Advertising Standards Authority judged the poster to be in breach of rules on social responsibility, decency, substantiation, truthfulness and matters of opinion.A mobile poster for the CCTV showed a family consisting of a man, a woman and a young son and daughter. Body copy beside it stated "GAY AIM: ABOLISH THE FAMILY."

  • 5th February 2008

    Bishop regrets actions over gay cleric’s promotion 3

    The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops to have objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because of homosexuality.

    3:40 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool has said he "deeply regrets" his public opposition to the promotion of Canon Jeffrey John and said that in his view "gay rights are civil rights."Dr John was forced to step down as Bishop of Reading in 2003 amid controversy about his sex life. He is now Dean of St Albans.The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops who objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because he was in a gay relationship.

  • 29th January 2008

    Bishops will bring partners to Lambeth conference 1

    The 14th Lambeth Conference will take place between 16th July and 4th August 2008.

    5:10 PM — The wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that she expects to host the male partners of Anglican bishops attending this year's Lambeth conference.Jane Williams was speaking at the launch of the conference at the University of Kent.She is organising the Spouses Conference, which runs in parallel with the meeting of primates and church leaders from across the globe.

  • 18th January 2008

    Jewish leaders back homophobic incitement law 5

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.

    3:31 PM — A proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has been backed by the main body representing British Jews.The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill was passed by the House of Commons last week and will now be discussed in the Lords.

  • 17th January 2008

    Orthodox bishop links homosexuals to paedophiles 6

    Since 1989, Bishop Kirill has been active in the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    4:40 PM — A senior Russian church leader has condemned social acceptance of homosexuality, declaring that it is the church's "duty" to correct public opinion.In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegal, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, said that not viewing homosexuality as a sin will lead to a variety of other sexual perversions."If you excuse homosexuality, why not excuse paedophilia?" he said.

  • Protesters halt Papal visit to university 1

    Protesters had planned to mount loudspeakers on a truck and create a “sonic siege“ if the Pope set foot on campus.

    10:50 AM — Science students and academics at the University of Rome La Sapienza have successfully stopped Pope Benedict XVI from visiting the campus today.Vatican Radio accused them of censorship, while the Italian Prime Minister said their determination to block the Pope from speaking "provoked an unacceptable tension and a climate that does not honour the traditions of civilisation and tolerance in Italy."LGBT students also planned to protest the Papal visit.

  • 16th January 2008

    Presbyterian church allows lesbian ordination

    The San Francisco Presbytery encompasses nearly 80 churches with 28,000 parishioners.

    5:01 PM — In the first test of a new policy allowing local Presbyterian churches the right to welcome into the clergy candidates who object to church teachings, the Presbytery of San Francisco has granted a lesbian deacon her wish of becoming a minister.The regional body yesterday voted 167 to 151 in favour of Lisa Larges, who had twice before been denied ordination.Since 1978 the US Presbyterian denomination bans sexually active gay or lesbian people from the ministry.

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