17th January 2014
US: Catholic teacher sacked after getting engaged to same-sex partner 7
6:10 PM — A Catholic school teacher in the US state of Ohio has said that he was sacked for getting engaged to a man.
12th January 2014
Anti-gay marriage Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become Cardinal 55
1:51 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, is set to be created a Cardinal by Pope Francis next month.
8th January 2014
Former Irish president praised for speaking out against homophobia in the Catholic Church 7
10:56 AM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has been praised for calling on the Catholic Church to rethink its stance on homosexuality.
7th January 2014
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
2nd January 2014
US: Gay, Republican, Roman Catholic sworn in as mayor of Atlantic City 8
5:18 PM — In a possible first for Atlantic City, an openly gay man who is also Catholic and Republican was this week sworn in as mayor.
30th December 2013
Telegraph blogs editor questions Time ‘Person of the Year’ Award for Pope Francis 12
3:55 PM — The editor of Telegraph Blogs has written a column questioning the decision by Time Magazine to name Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, noting a recent revelation that he said he was "shocked" by gay adoption in Malta.
21st December 2013
US: GLAAD hails veteran comedian for cancelling Catholic gig, citing ‘rabid anti-gay’ agenda 6
4:02 PM — A gig for a group of Catholic business leaders has been cancelled by a long time US comedian, in a decision hailed by LGBT rights group GLAAD.
17th December 2013
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
12th December 2013
Pope Francis named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 24
6:15 PM — Pope Francis has been named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
18th November 2013
Priest who said Catholic Church suffered a ‘culture of homosexual bullying’ is suspended 8
12:41 PM — A priest, the author of a book which alleged that the Catholic Church suffered from a "culture of homosexual bullying", has been suspended.
15th November 2013
Survey: More than half of UK Catholics under 50 support equal marriage
3:22 PM — More than half of Catholics in the UK aged under 50 now say “same-sex marriage is right” – according to research by YouGov.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
3rd October 2013
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
30th September 2013
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
John Paul II who described same-sex marriage as ‘evil’ to become saint in April 2014 36
12:06 PM — Pope John Paul II, who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a “new ideology of evil”, will be declared a saint on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.
26th September 2013
Gallery removes exhibition of gay couples kissing in churches after Vatican threatens legal action 46
5:24 PM — An art gallery in Rome has covered up an exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following a legal threat by the Vatican.
24th September 2013
Australian Catholic priest excommunicated by Vatican over support for gay rights 22
4:31 PM — An Australian priest has been excommunicated by the Vatican over his support for gay rights and women, just days after the pope called for Catholics to “find a new balance” by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
US: Catholic College cancels pro-equal marriage lecture citing need for opposing viewpoint 6
12:55 PM — A Catholic college in the US state of Rhode Island has rescinded its invitation to a gay philosophy professor who was to speak in support of equal marriage, just days after the pope called for Catholics to "find a new balance" by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
23rd September 2013
Human Rights Campaign calls Pope Francis’ comments on gay issues ‘a remarkable moment’ 9
5:58 PM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on the Catholic hierarchy to follow Pope Francis' message, which indicated a softening of stance on gay issues.