5th February 2015
Pope backs Slovakia referendum against equal marriage and gay adoption rights 68
5:53 PM — Pope Francis has given his blessing to a referendum that would ban marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Slovakia.
31st December 2014
Bishop urges Catholic Church to accept gay relationships 32
2:26 PM — A Belgium bishop says the Catholic Church should accept and recognise relationships between two people of the same sex.
11th November 2014
Gay marriage is a ‘Trojan horse’ for confusion, says Catholic cardinal 127
2:40 PM — The head of the Italian Bishops Conference has attacked same-sex marriages and civil unions branding them “irresponsible”.
29th October 2014
Elton John: Pope Francis is ‘my hero’ for his push to accept gays 80
11:03 AM — Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his push to accept gay people in the Catholic Church.
15th October 2014
Comment: Ignore the PR, the Catholic Church continues with its grotesque homophobia 59
2:58 PM — Suggestions the Catholic Church has this week changed its position on homosexuality are wide off the mark, writes National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson.
14th October 2014
Gay relationships are not ‘positive’, warn Catholic bishops 85
6:22 PM — Catholic bishops in Rome have moved to quash speculation of a dramatic new approach to viewing gay relationships.
16th July 2014
Catholic Church defends buying bungalow for Cardinal Keith O’Brien 31
6:05 PM — A Scottish cardinal who admitted to "inappropriate behaviour" with male priests is living out retirement in a bungalow paid for by the Catholic Church.
24th June 2014
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor defends anti-gay adoption agencies 29
6:43 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has defended Catholic adoption agencies that discriminate against same-sex couples.
6th June 2014
Catholics who oppose gay marriage should vote DUP, says Health Minister 44
1:37 PM — Edwin Poots says his party’s opposition to same-sex marriage makes it a good choice for social conservative Catholics.
21st March 2014
Bishop of Portsmouth: Catholic MPs who voted for equal marriage should be banned from communion 40
4:41 PM — The Bishop of Portsmouth says Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Holy Communion for going against their faith.
17th March 2014
Scottish Catholic adoption agency given green light to continue discriminating against gays 6
1:55 PM — The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator will not appeal a court ruling quashing its decision to revoke charitable status from an anti-gay Catholic adoption agency.
6th March 2014
Pope Francis: ‘Matrimony is between a man and a woman’ 87
11:18 AM — Pope Francis says “matrimony is between a man and a woman” but has hinted that he could eventually accept the principle of civil partnerships.
11th February 2014
Archbishop of Dublin: ‘Homophobia is an insult to God’ 12
6:03 PM — The Archbishop of Dublin says “homophobia is an insult to God”.
3rd February 2014
National Secular Society: Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole’ through gay rights law 16
3:17 PM — The National Secular Society says a Catholic adoption agency in Glasgow should not be allowed to maintain its charitable tax status because it discriminates against same-sex couples.
20th January 2014
Newly appointed Spanish cardinal: Homosexuality is a ‘deficiency’ that can be cured 37
3:53 PM — A new Spanish cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has begun his tenure by describing homosexuality as a deficiency and suggesting the need for gay people to undergo corrective treatment.
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”.
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”.
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.
1st November 2013
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.