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."
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
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.
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.
18th February 2013
Church which turned away Oscar Wilde to open its doors to displaced LGBT Catholics 15
4:15 PM — The church which turned away Oscar Wilde after he was charged with sodomy and gross indecency is now to open its doors to LGBT Catholics, after the announcement that the Soho masses would come to an end.
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
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to face two days of protests by Labour for voting against equal marriage 69
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather is to face a weekend of protests by Labour in her north London constituency in response to her decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
11th February 2013
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’ 33
12:42 PM — The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has once again preached an attack on the government's equal marriage bill, less than a week after the bill was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.
4th February 2013
Vatican official: The Catholic Church is being ‘persecuted’ due to its anti-gay positions 160
4:10 PM — The Vatican's head of doctrine says critics of his faith's anti-gay crusade are conducting a "concerted campaign" to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests.
29th January 2013
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco: Allowing gays to marry ‘is like legalising male breastfeeding’ 139
11:11 AM — Legislating for equal marriage is like legalising male breastfeeding, according to the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.
28th January 2013
Married priest switches from Episcopals to Catholicism over gay rights and gives up sex with his wife 54
3:06 PM — A former Episcopal has given up sex with his wife, permanently as part of his conversion to become a Catholic Priest. John Cornelius who was an Episcopal priest for twenty years, quit two years ago over the church's positive approach towards homosexuality.
Catholic Church warns gay teachers they risk the sack if they marry or enter into civil partnerships 69
12:08 PM — Openly gay senior teachers at Catholic schools could face demotion or the sack if they fail to live according to the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church.
23rd January 2013
Scottish Catholic charity must accept adoption applications from gay couples – says regulator 25
7:15 PM — A ruling by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has said that a Catholic adoption agency must accept applications from gay couples, or risk losing its charity status.
US: Handcuffed Catholic priest was suffering from ‘stress-related self-bondage’ says bishop 45
4:16 PM — A Catholic Illinois priest, who last year got stuck in a pair of handcuffs, was engaged in “non-sexual” conduct at the time, and the incident was brought on by “stress” – according to a bishop.
12th January 2013
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.