26th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
12th April 2013
South African cardinal: ‘I can’t be accused of homophobia because I don’t know any homosexuals’ 65
6:22 PM — A South African cardinal has rejected accusations that he is homophobic, saying it is impossible because he knows no gay people.
9th April 2013
Transgender pornography downloaded in Vatican City 26
6:33 PM — Transgender pornography has been downloaded by computers based in Vatican City, a US paper has claimed.
2nd April 2013
Irish Catholic bishop: ‘Attempts to equate same-sex unions with marriage will always fail’ 41
11:38 AM — An Irish bishop says same-sex relationships can never be seen as “equal” to heterosexual relationships.
1st April 2013
Poll: Catholics less likely to attend church following Cardinal O’Brien scandal 27
5:41 PM — A fifth of Catholics say they are less likely to attend church following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who quit following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
Scotland: Friends fear Catholic priest who exposed sexual bullying could be sacked 33
10:52 AM — The friends of a priest who made explosive claims about sexual bullying in Scotland’s Catholic Church fear he could be sacked.
27th March 2013
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
14th March 2013
Christians for Equal Marriage UK welcome arrival of Pope Francis 38
3:51 PM — Christians for Equal Marriage UK has welcomed the election of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.
12th March 2013
US gay religious group says the Catholic Church must stop harming LGBT people 11
5:13 PM — As cardinals begin voting for a new Pope, an American LGBT religious organisation says the successor to Pope Benedict XVI must “end the immense harm the Catholic Church has caused” to LGBT people.
11th March 2013
Scottish Catholic Church says it hasn’t supported people ‘who are struggling with same-sex attraction’ 68
11:19 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has failed to provide "compassionate and pastoral" support on issues of sexuality, a chief spokesman has admitted in language that still promotes a negative idea of being gay.
8th March 2013
Poll: Support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics rises to 54% 8
1:50 PM — A new poll shows support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics continues to rise.
7th March 2013
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
5th March 2013
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia: ‘The Catholic Church has been damaged by hypocrisy’ 48
11:53 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has admitted that the Catholic Church stands accused of hypocrisy over the Cardinal O'Brien affair.
UK: Lawyer calls for police investigation into the sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien 32
11:06 AM — Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, could end up facing a criminal inquiry following allegations of sexual misconduct involving several priests.
LGBT Catholics displaced by cancelled Soho masses welcomed into Jesuit church 23
12:01 AM — LGBT Catholics of the Soho Masses who were displaced by the discontinuation of LGBT specific services in Soho began what was described as their "new phase" of worship, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday.
1st March 2013
Fifth male priest alleges Cardinal O’Brien of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ 52
12:25 PM — It has emerged that a fifth claim of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a male priest has been made against the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.
UK: Catholic newspaper The Tablet says the Catholic Church needs to ‘make peace with the gay world’ 34
11:33 AM — British Catholic newspaper The Tablet has issued an editorial calling on the Catholic Church to make peace with the gay world and to move on from the issue of marriage equality.
28th February 2013
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
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."