4th May 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien says he couldn’t follow Church’s teachings on homosexuality as he prepares for exile 77
1:49 PM — The former leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that he failed to follow God's teachings after facing accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with fellow clergymen. A Scottish newspaper has claimed that the Cardinal has been asked by Rome to leave the UK.
30th April 2013
Brazil: Catholic priest excommunicated after resigning over church opposition to homosexuality 23
12:43 PM — A Catholic priest in Brazil has been excommunicated after he publicly resigned in protest against the church's opposition to gay rights.
29th April 2013
Vatican not to conduct inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ 44
2:36 PM — The Catholic Church is to take no further action over Cardinal Keith O'Brien's admission of inappropriate "sexual conduct", following accusations from four priests.
26th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
12th April 2013
South African cardinal: ‘I can’t be accused of homophobia because I don’t know any homosexuals’ 65
6:22 PM — A South African cardinal has rejected accusations that he is homophobic, saying it is impossible because he knows no gay people.
9th April 2013
Transgender pornography downloaded in Vatican City 26
6:33 PM — Transgender pornography has been downloaded by computers based in Vatican City, a US paper has claimed.
8th April 2013
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
2nd April 2013
Irish Catholic bishop: ‘Attempts to equate same-sex unions with marriage will always fail’ 41
11:38 AM — An Irish bishop says same-sex relationships can never be seen as “equal” to heterosexual relationships.
1st April 2013
Poll: Catholics less likely to attend church following Cardinal O’Brien scandal 27
5:41 PM — A fifth of Catholics say they are less likely to attend church following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who quit following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
Scotland: Friends fear Catholic priest who exposed sexual bullying could be sacked 33
10:52 AM — The friends of a priest who made explosive claims about sexual bullying in Scotland’s Catholic Church fear he could be sacked.
Rupert Everett to play Pope Benedict XVI in ‘extraordinary’ biopic 28
12:00 AM — Openly gay actor Rupert Everett will play Pope Benedict XVI in an upcoming biopic about the former pope, and his ascension to the papal office.
21st March 2013
Cardinal O’Brien alleged to have been in long-standing physical relationship with male priest 32
12:28 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien allegedly had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his conduct sparked his resignation, it is claimed.
Sicily: Governor who said the Vatican should allow equal marriage allowed to return to church 4
2:25 AM — A Sicilian governor has made up with a priest who took offence when he said that the Catholic Church should elect a female pope and allow equal marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
20th March 2013
Pope Francis stood up for civil unions in an attempt to avoid equal marriage in Argentina 12
3:38 PM — The new pope privately stood up for civil unions in Argentina in 2010, in a bid to stop the country from legalising equal marriage.
18th March 2013
US Columnist: Obama is waging war on Catholicism with equal marriage ‘Trojan Horse’ 31
5:46 PM — Referring to the election of the new Pope Francis, a columnist from the US has accused President Obama of being "an enemy of the church", and that equal marriage is a "Trojan horse aimed at smashing the family".
17th March 2013
Priest accuses Keith O’Brien of groping him hours after he became a cardinal 29
6:34 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces more accusations of sexual misconduct, as a priest has alleged that he groped him in 2003, just hours after becoming a cardinal.
15th March 2013
Danish Ministers express disappointment at ‘harmful’ election of Pope Francis, for his views on gay people 27
5:28 PM — Ministers in Denmark have dubbed the newly elected Pope Francis "harmful", expressing disappointment that the Vatican did not choose someone more progressive on LGBT and women's rights, but remain hopeful that he may prove them wrong.
14th March 2013
Christians for Equal Marriage UK welcome arrival of Pope Francis 38
3:51 PM — Christians for Equal Marriage UK has welcomed the election of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.
12th March 2013
US gay religious group says the Catholic Church must stop harming LGBT people 11
5:13 PM — As cardinals begin voting for a new Pope, an American LGBT religious organisation says the successor to Pope Benedict XVI must “end the immense harm the Catholic Church has caused” to LGBT people.
Cardinals begin secret conclave vote to elect the next Pope 17
11:01 AM — 115 Cardinals of the Catholic Church have gathered in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next Pope, which will take place in a secret conclave cut off from the world - even electronic signals are jammed to stop any Tweets about the vote.