27th February 2013
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
17th February 2013
Final gay Catholic mass held in Soho after Archbishop banned services 51
5:18 PM — Tonight marks the final ever 'Soho mass' for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics at its central London church. LGBT Catholics will be offered 'pastoral support', but not the opportunity to worship Jesus instead.
14th February 2013
Catholic Labour MP criticises Archbishop of Southwark for suggesting Catholics will leave Church over equal marriage 10
4:57 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith has been criticised for claiming that most Catholics who support equal marriage would be prepared to leave the Church over the issue
11th February 2013
UK: Anti-gay Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols: Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI 29
5:26 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his anti-gay views, has called on Catholics to pray for Pope Benedict XVI.
Peter Tatchell: A Pope who opposed human rights 11
4:56 PM — Peter Tatchell, who previously made a documentary about Pope Benedict XVI, believes the Catholic leader will be remembered for his "irresponsible" attitude to condoms and ignorance about HIV.
Comment: Good riddance to the bigoted Pope Benedict XVI 59
4:08 PM — Following his decision to step down, Balaji Ravichandran assess Pope Benedict XVI's legacy of intolerance in an article for PinkNews.
Analysis: Who is the favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI? 26
2:53 PM — Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is a strong contender to become the next Pope – but would he be less of a homophobe than the current incumbent?
Feature: Pope Benedict XVI’s biggest gay moments 9
2:25 PM — Following the news that the vehemently anti-gay Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month PinkNews brings you some of his most anti-gay moments, and some of the best reactions to them.
Pope Benedict XVI to resign over ill health 98
11:22 AM — The world’s most senior anti-gay Catholic has announced that he’s stepping down due to ill health.