21st June 2012
Michael Gove: Catholic Education Service ‘blurred’ line between faith and politics with anti-gay marriage petition in schools 36
5:52 PM — The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has prompted confusion by criticising the Catholic Education Service for 'unintentionally blurring' the line between faith and the illegal promotion of political views by suggesting schools direct pupils to an anti-gay marriage petition, while determining that a school which followed that suggestion acted legally.
11th May 2012
Colombia: Partner of gay Catholic priest wins pension rights 11
1:27 PM — The gay partner of a deceased Catholic priest has been told he is allowed to have his lover's pension, despite the cleric's vow of chastity.
28th April 2012
Vatican Archbishop calls for alliance with Muslims and Jews against equal marriage 143
5:13 PM — Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, has called for the formation of an alliance between Catholics and other faiths, including other Christian denominations, to fight against the current government proposals to bring forth equality in marriage.
26th April 2012
Row over legality of Coalition for Marriage presentations in Catholic state schools 44
3:04 PM — A row has erupted over correspondence issued by the Catholic Education Service to nearly 400 Catholic schools in England and Wales which asked them to 'draw the attention' of pupils to the Coalition for Marriage's anti-equality petition, first revealed by PinkNews.co.uk yesterday.
25th April 2012
Exclusive: Catholic school ‘urged pupils as young as 11 to sign anti-gay marriage petition’ 656
12:47 PM — Students at a Catholic state school in south London have been shown a presentation on religious opposition to the government's proposal to allow gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies which, it is claimed, encouraged them to sign the Coalition for Marriage's petition against the move.
19th April 2012
Catholic priests applauded by parishes for not backing anti-equality referendum 49
12:27 AM — At least six Catholic parishes in Washington have opted out of the petition drive for Referendum 74, which calls for a public vote with the intention to ban equal marriage.
13th April 2012
St Andrews students to hold silent protest at Cardinal O’Brien’s visit 39
12:29 PM — Students at the University of St Andrews will hold a silent protest this Sunday against comments made by Cardinal Keith O'Brien about marriage equality.
6th April 2012
Australian faith leaders declare support for gay couples marrying 15
1:34 PM — Twenty Australian faith leaders have signed a letter urging citizens of the country to declare their support for same sex-marriage to two federal parliamentary inquiries on the issue.
4th April 2012
US Catholic school fights back against anti-gay lecture 50
8:45 PM — A group of senior students at Minnesota's Catholic DeLaSalle forced a mandatory lecture to end abruptly due to their virulently anti-gay rhetoric, with homosexuality compared to bestiality.
Comment: The Church should beg society’s forgiveness for its treatment of gay people 74
5:35 PM — Matthew Todd says the Church should help young people become the upstanding, caring citizens they can be, unfettered from sexual shame and dogma, not fight a fierce battle over something that will not harm, hurt or even affect anyone except gay couples who wish to marry.
2nd April 2012
Catholic priest projected gay porn to ‘horrified’ primary school parents 115
12:07 PM — A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland is under investigation after accidentally displaying a series of gay porn images to parents at a primary school meeting.
1st April 2012
Catholic Cardinal: Church will relax its approach to civil marriages for gay couples (April Fools) 116
12:00 AM — Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien is to make a sermon today where he is expected to announce a partial u-turn in the Catholic Church's opposition of civil marriage equality for gay couples. Although the Church will continue to oppose same sex marriages happening within religious institutions, it appears to accept that same sex civil marriages will be a reality regardless of its opposition.
23rd March 2012
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
20th March 2012
Netherlands: Catholic Church ‘castrated boys as gay cures and punishments’ 47
12:30 PM — A newspaper in the Netherlands claims to have uncovered cases in which boys in Roman Catholic care over half a century ago were castrated to stop them being gay or to punish them for uncovering abuse.
9th March 2012
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
8th March 2012
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
7th March 2012
Zimbabwe state media ‘backs’ Scottish cardinal on ‘grotesque’ gay marriages 41
11:29 AM — Zimbabwe's state-controlled Herald newspaper is backing the head of the Scottish Catholic Church in his attack on proposals to allow gay couples to marry.
14th July 2011
New Berlin archbishop says he will meet gay campaigners 18
1:36 PM — Berlin's incoming Catholic archbishop says he will meet with gay activists who have criticised his appointment. Archbishop-elect Rainer Maria Woelk said at a press conference last week that he has "respect and esteem for all people".
30th May 2011
Chilean president Sebastian Pinera seeks ‘regulation and protection’ for gay couples 42
3:50 PM — President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, said this weekend that he wants Congress to legalise de facto civil unions in an attempt to "regulate and protect" more than two million unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian couples.
19th May 2011
Homosexuality did not cause Catholic Church child abuse scandal, report says 70
1:52 PM — A study commissioned by the US Catholic Church confirms that child abuse by priests was not caused by homosexuality or celibacy. The $2 million report, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, instead says that the sexual revolution post-1960 was to blame, along with poor training and a lack of emotional support.