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.
11th March 2013
Vatican embarrassed as €23 million property investment includes Europe’s biggest gay sauna 55
6:43 PM — Following several recent scandals, it has now emerged that the Catholic church has bought a €23 million (£21 million) share of an apartment block in Rome which houses the biggest gay sauna in Europe.
MEP Michael Cashman: Compassion for Cardinal O’Brien should be saved for victims of Catholic anti-gay discrimation 20
11:46 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman tweeted PinkNews today to state his disagreement with Baroness Kennedy's "huge compassion" for Cardinal O'Brien, saying her concern would be better suited to the LGBT people who suffer discrimination because of the Catholic Church.
Scottish Catholic Church says it hasn’t supported people ‘who are struggling with same-sex attraction’ 68
11:19 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has failed to provide "compassionate and pastoral" support on issues of sexuality, a chief spokesman has admitted in language that still promotes a negative idea of being gay.
8th March 2013
Poll: Support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics rises to 54% 8
1:50 PM — A new poll shows support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics continues to rise.
7th March 2013
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
6th March 2013
Christian Institute: Radio 4 Easter talk by PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen is a ‘new low for BBC’ 78
6:23 PM — The Christian Institute has said a Radio 4 talk being broadcast tonight will be a "slap in the face" to Christians. The talk, by PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen, will liken the abandonment of Jesus by society to the abandonment feared by the LGBT community.
5th March 2013
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia: ‘The Catholic Church has been damaged by hypocrisy’ 48
11:53 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has admitted that the Catholic Church stands accused of hypocrisy over the Cardinal O'Brien affair.
UK: Lawyer calls for police investigation into the sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien 32
11:06 AM — Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, could end up facing a criminal inquiry following allegations of sexual misconduct involving several priests.
4th March 2013
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
PinkNews founder labelled as ‘blasphemous’ for BBC Radio 4 programme likening abandonment of Christ to rejection of gays 136
11:18 AM — The BBC is facing controversy over an Easter message from PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen which likens the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ.
3rd March 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien admits inappropriate ‘sexual conduct’ following allegations 169
5:57 PM — In a statement issued by the Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has addressed allegations made against him by five priests within the church, and admitted that his "sexual conduct" has been "below the standards expected" of him.
Priest who accused Cardinal O’Brien says the Catholic church would ‘crush him if it could’ 19
5:45 PM — One of five priests who have come forward to accuse Cardinal Keith O'Brien of inappropriate behaviour, prompting his early retirement, has said on the Catholic church, "If they could crush me, they would."
28th February 2013
LGBT Catholic group blasts Pope Benedict XVI for ‘bigotry’ as he officially resigns as Catholic leader 41
7:22 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth - although criticism of his homophobic legacy continues.