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.
Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates the Pope could be gay 80
11:34 AM — Catholic gay blogger Andrew Sullivan has claimed that the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI may be secretly gay.
27th February 2013
Archbishop who smeared gay Labour MP David Cairns takes over in temporary role from Cardinal O’Brien 42
5:43 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who last year was criticised for making offensive remarks about the late gay Labour MP David Cairns, has been given a new role in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation.
Pope Benedict XVI holds final Vatican audience and says: ‘God would not let the church sink” 28
11:36 AM — Amid a wave of controversy over the sexual conduct of Catholic male priests, Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his final message at the Vatican's St Peter's Square - he said God would not let the church "sink."
26th February 2013
British Gay Catholic journalist claims ‘half of all Catholics priests are gay’ 67
1:37 PM — A gay British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical misconduct.
25th February 2013
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien quits post following allegations of inappropriate behaviour 122
11:19 AM — Britain’s most senior anti-gay Catholic leader, who at the weekend was reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests - has resigned from his post.
23rd February 2013
Male priests accuse anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien of inappropriate acts and call on him to resign 244
11:49 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic leader, notorious for his anti-gay views, has been reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests in Scotland.
Vatican denies Pope resigned due to pressure from ‘gay lobby’ in the church 31
5:25 PM — The Vatican has denied reports from the Italian media which claimed that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was down to pressure from a "gay lobby" within the Catholic Church.
22nd February 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Gay people should not be allowed to marry but straight Catholic priests can 94
6:58 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic, who is staunchly opposed to allowing gay couples to marry, has adopted a new position concerning male priests and hetrosexual marriage.
Pope’s spokesman refuses to comment on gay blackmail allegations 56
1:55 PM — The Pope's spokesman is refusing to confirm or deny claims of a network of gay prelates operating at its heart, some of whom allegedly were being blackmailed, and who also met a Rome sauna.
21st February 2013
Italian newspaper claims Pope’s resignation was part finalised by concerns of a ‘gay lobby’ within the Catholic Church 37
2:21 PM — An Italian newspaper is blaming the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on a "gay lobby" within the Vatican.
20th February 2013
Hopeful for papal office: ‘African traditions protect against homosexual tendency’ 66
1:11 AM — The cardinal who many sources have named as favourite to become the next Pope, has said in an interview that he thinks African culture "protects against" homosexuality.
19th February 2013
Comment: We should celebrate the departure of a revolting villain 51
6:24 PM — Ralph Jones writes of how the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to resign is being welcomed by the LGBT community.
18th February 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop slams homophobic letter that denounces the idea of same-sex love 12
3:50 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop, Charles Scicluna, has stepped in to condemn a provocative letter written by zealous Catholic churchgoer Joe Zammit who claims there can only be lust and not love between gay people