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  • 23rd February 2007

    Anglican church could “divorce” admits Williams 4

    His comments follow a five-day crisis meeting in Tanzania last week, where Anglican leaders met to discuss gay rights within the church.

    10:57 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican Church may split over the acceptance of gay priests.Last night, Dr. Rowan Williams revealed that the liberal and conservative branches of the church may not be able to reach agreement over gay and lesbian Christians.The disagreement could lead to the fragmentation of the Anglican communion.

  • 22nd February 2007

    Vatican attack Tony Blair over adoption

    The church-run adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the regulations.

    10:45 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has criticised the Prime Minister's decision not to allow church-run adoption agencies to opt-out of gay rights legislation.The proposed exemption caused a Cabinet row when it was first proposed.Under pressure from his own MPs, Mr Blair finally conceded that Roman Catholic adoption services would be covered by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • 20th February 2007

    Analysis: What now for the Anglicans? 4

    Archbishop Rowan Williams has avoided schism, but has also allowed a parallel “organisation“ for conservative Anglicans to be set up in the American church.

    12:19 PM — The final communique from the leaders of the Anglican church seems on the surface to provide a simple way forward.The primates demand that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.The Americans have been given until 30th September to make a statement pledging they will comply with these instructions.

  • Anglicans threat over gay issues 4

    Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.

    10:10 AM — The conference of Anglican primates meeting in Tanzania has demanded that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.The five-day meeting exposed the divisions within the Anglican communion over gay issues.

  • 19th February 2007

    Homophobia conference told of Iraq “sexual cleansing”

    One of the most notable contributions to the conference came from Ali Hilli, leader of the gay rights group Iraqi LGBT.

    4:26 PM — Delegates attending a human rights conference in London have been told that gay and lesbian people in Iraq are being systematically targeted.At a conference on Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights, 250 people from over fifty organisations have signed a statement condemning homophobia within religious institutions that fail to confront prejudice and hate.

  • Catholics win right to perform gay Mass

    The diocese of Westminster pointed out in a statement that the decision did not contradict Church teaching which argues that homosexual practice is a sin.

    3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.

  • Anglican gay arguments influenced by Rome merger 1

    Fr Reynolds argues that the backdrop of a rapprochement with the Vatican is a key factor driving the hardline position of many primates.

    11:08 AM — The ongoing row over gays in the Anglican church took a new turn today with the revelation that senior church figures are considering submitting to the authority of the Pope.A commission set up in 2000 to consider ways of re-uniting the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is due to report later this year. The Times newspaper published extracts of the report today, and it includes the proposal that the Anglican church should work towards recognising the Pope as head of the church.

  • 17th February 2007

    African archbishops refuse to take communion 1

    The ordination of Gene Robinson is just one issue of difference

    4:42 PM — Seven archbishops who claim to represent more than 30 million Anglicans have refused to take Communion with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding head of the American Episcopal Church in protest of her support of gay clergy (including Gene Robinson- pictured)and gay unions.In a statement released at the Anglican conference in Dar Es Salaam, the archbishops said: "We each take the celebration of the Holy Eucharist very seriously."

  • 16th February 2007

    Gay Christians march against Church homophobia 1

    Organisers also hope to influence the current row about Canterbury Christchurch University.

    11:43 AM — LGBT History Month will be marked in Canterbury this weekend with a protest against homophobia in the church.The "End Christian Homophobia" demo will take place in Longmarket in the city centre on Saturday 17th February, 10am-12pm.The protestors will demand that the Archbishop of Canterbury provide equality for gay and lesbian Anglican Christians worldwid

  • Anglican church steps back from schism 3

    The primates are now discussing what further steps they would like the American church to take, especially on the contentious issue of blessing gay partnerships.

    9:46 AM — After days of discussions, the primates of the Anglican church seem to have avoided a split over gay issues.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was one of the authors of a report handed to the conference of senior church representative in Tanzania yesterday that said the American church was complying with instructions not to install any more gay bishops.Gay Anglicans welcomed the findings.

  • 15th February 2007

    US bishop refuses to apologise for gay stance 3

    In any case, conservatives seem in no mood for a middle-way.

    4:55 PM — The meeting of Anglican primates taking place in Tanzania looks likely to result in a stalemate over gay issues.Today the churchmen were considering their options over the US Anglicans'ordination of a gay bishop and seeming acceptance of gay marriage.The head of the American church, presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has made it clear she will not give in to demands from African churches.

  • 12th February 2007

    COMMENT: End of the road for united Anglican communion 3

    Archbishop Williams needs to stop trying to hold this fractured communion together.

    5:41 PM — This week the senior primates of the Anglican church will meet in Africa. Many predict the outcome of this meeting will be an outright schism in the church over the issue of gay priests.Tony Grew examines the nature of the Church of England and questions whether it can ever be a home for radical evangelicals. My dad used to tell me that the Anglican church is not really a religious denomination as such. It is more of a social club.

  • Scots minister in gay blessing storm

    The Anglican communion worldwide has been split over gay rights issues since the ordination of a gay bishop by the American church in 2003.

    12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.

  • BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3

    British Airways, who sponsored last year's EuroPride in London, have yet to announce whether they will meet Mrs Eweida's demands

    10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.

  • 9th February 2007

    Gay haters to picket kids’ funeral 1

    The WBC say on their website that: “the Messengers of God do not stop preaching the truth just because you pass laws.“

    6:13 PM — Anti-gay activists from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, plan to protest at the collective funeral of the victims of the Bardstown house fire that killed 10 people last week.The blaze, described as the deadliest in Kentucky in thirty years, killed six children, and left two others hospitalised. The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed.The controversial church appears at high-profile funerals in order to gain publicity for their cause, despite laws banning such demonstrations.

  • 8th February 2007

    University already banning gay partnership ceremonies

    Those who lacked the courage to oppose the governors or university policies ought to resign. photo: jay galvin@flickr

    5:09 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The controversy surrounding Canterbury Christ Church University's ban on same-sex unions on its premises has taken a new turn.Documents obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that a decision was taken as recently as last December, contradicting the recent press release from the institution's Vice-Chancellor.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

  • 7th February 2007

    Disgraced preacher “discovers” he is straight 1

    Haggard has revealed he and his wife plan to move away from Colorado and study for a degree in psychology.

    3:35 PM — Ted Haggard, the former pastor of an evangelical super church who was forced to resign after revelations of a three-year affair with a male prostitute, has said he was "acting out" and is still a heterosexual.The revelation came in an interview in the Denver Post with one of the four pastors who have been giving Haggard an intensive course of counselling.

  • Scots Cardinal attacks “hedonistic society” 1

    Catholic leaders in Scotland are hoping the influx of Polish migrants to the country will affect the outcome of the upcoming elections for the country's parliament.

    11:55 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has attacked modern Britain for allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children.Cardinal Keith O'Brien said that equal rights were a sign of a "deeply hedonistic society" and complained that morals were being trumped by freedom of choice and lifestyle.The church in Scotland has been vocal in its opposition to gay adoption.

  • Catholic schools comment on gay bullying 4

    Ms Keats said that a fifth of pupils reported that they had been subject to homophobic bullying.

    10:01 AM — The head of the Catholic Education Service has denied that educational institutions run by the church do not tackle homophobic bullying.Oona Stannard, chief executive of the service, was responding to criticism from one of the UK's major teaching unions.Ministers have urged all schools to develop a policy on homophobic bullying.

  • 6th February 2007

    Anglican synod to discuss embracing gays 1

    The General Synod will be held at Church House in London from February 26th until the 1st of March.

    4:01 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England will return to the controversial topic of homosexuality when it meets at the end of this month.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.There are two motions up for discussion about gay people.

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