7th January 2014
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
6th January 2014
US: Ex-vice principal promised job back if he ended his same-sex marriage 9
4:09 PM — A gay former vice principal at a Catholic school in the US state of Washington has released a video stating that he was told that he could keep his job if he got a divorce.
17th December 2013
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
12th December 2013
Pope Francis named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 24
6:15 PM — Pope Francis has been named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
18th November 2013
Priest who said Catholic Church suffered a ‘culture of homosexual bullying’ is suspended 8
12:41 PM — A priest, the author of a book which alleged that the Catholic Church suffered from a "culture of homosexual bullying", has been suspended.
15th November 2013
Survey: More than half of UK Catholics under 50 support equal marriage
3:22 PM — More than half of Catholics in the UK aged under 50 now say “same-sex marriage is right” – according to research by YouGov.
1st November 2013
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
15th October 2013
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach on social issues 20
2:47 PM — Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach to discussing social issues involving the Catholic Church has generated concern among conservative Catholics in the US.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
3rd October 2013
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
30th September 2013
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
John Paul II who described same-sex marriage as ‘evil’ to become saint in April 2014 36
12:06 PM — Pope John Paul II, who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a “new ideology of evil”, will be declared a saint on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.
25th September 2013
Gay Polish religious film to be shown in UK cinemas 8
6:02 PM — An award-winning gay film from Poland, which the director hopes will start a debate about LGBT issues in the country, gets its premier in the UK on Friday.
23rd September 2013
US radio host: Pope Francis shouldn’t doubt Satan’s gay minions’ intention to destroy Catholic Church 30
7:33 PM — A US anti-gay radio host has said that Pope Francis was "naive" to doubt gay people, or "Satan's earthly minions'" intentions to destroy the Catholic Church by promoting homosexuality.
Human Rights Campaign calls Pope Francis’ comments on gay issues ‘a remarkable moment’ 9
5:58 PM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on the Catholic hierarchy to follow Pope Francis' message, which indicated a softening of stance on gay issues.
20th September 2013
Catholic League President: Abusive priests aren’t paedophiles, they’re just gay 73
6:42 PM — The president of US civil rights organisation the Catholic League has said that priests who molest children are not paedophiles, but simply gay.
19th September 2013
US Archbishop specifcally says Catholic military chaplains cannot perform or endorse same-sex weddings 35
6:56 PM — Catholic military chaplains are not allowed to perform, or participate in, same-sex weddings, or offer counselling to same-sex coupes, the archbishop responsible for the US armed forces has said.
Australia: Incoming Catholic Archbishop calls for halt to equal marriage legislation 34
5:11 PM — The incoming Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has said that he wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage in Australia.
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.