30th September 2013
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.
5th July 2013
Pope Francis and Benedict XVI united in their opposition to equal marriage 68
2:50 PM — The Vatican has issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two men restate their opposition to equal marriage.
11th June 2013
Pope Francis: There is a ‘gay lobby’ at the heart of the Vatican ‘it exists’ 51
2:07 PM — Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Curia, according to AFP.
22nd May 2013
Italy: LGBT-supporting priest who called for an openly gay Pope dies at 84 12
7:09 PM — Don Andrea Gallo, known as the "street priest" for his community work, and who called for an openly gay man to replace Pope Benedict XVI, has died at the age of 84.
29th April 2013
Vatican not to conduct inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ 44
2:36 PM — The Catholic Church is to take no further action over Cardinal Keith O'Brien's admission of inappropriate "sexual conduct", following accusations from four priests.
11th April 2013
France: Anti-gay Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim quits over plagiarism row 7
2:58 PM — France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage, has resigned in a plagiarism row.
10th April 2013
France: Anti-gay chief rabbi refuses to step down after admitting fake academic qualifications 24
5:17 PM — France's chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage and adoption, has refused to step down despite admitting several counts of plagiarism, and misleading the public on his academic qualifications.
1st April 2013
Rupert Everett to play Pope Benedict XVI in ‘extraordinary’ biopic 28
12:00 AM — Openly gay actor Rupert Everett will play Pope Benedict XVI in an upcoming biopic about the former pope, and his ascension to the papal office.
12th March 2013
Cardinals begin secret conclave vote to elect the next Pope 17
11:01 AM — 115 Cardinals of the Catholic Church have gathered in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next Pope, which will take place in a secret conclave cut off from the world - even electronic signals are jammed to stop any Tweets about the vote.
11th March 2013
Vatican embarrassed as €23 million property investment includes Europe’s biggest gay sauna 55
6:43 PM — Following several recent scandals, it has now emerged that the Catholic church has bought a €23 million (£21 million) share of an apartment block in Rome which houses the biggest gay sauna in Europe.
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.
4th March 2013
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
1st March 2013
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
LGBT Catholic group blasts Pope Benedict XVI for ‘bigotry’ as he officially resigns as Catholic leader 41
7:22 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth - although criticism of his homophobic legacy continues.
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.
Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates the Pope could be gay 80
11:34 AM — Catholic gay blogger Andrew Sullivan has claimed that the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI may be secretly gay.
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
Gay rights campaigners react to Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation 68
12:53 PM — Gay rights groups have reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with male priests.
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.