28th December 2012
Thousands of Dutch Catholics look to leave the church after Pope’s anti-gay comments 47
1:17 AM — According to the founder of a Dutch website which aims to offer information to those looking to leave the Catholic church, thousands of Catholics have been researching how to do so.
26th December 2012
Obama petitioned to label Roman Catholic Church as a ‘hate group’ 61
9:26 PM — Already petitioned to label the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the God Hates Fags campaign as a 'hate group', Barack Obama is now being petitioned to give the same label to the Catholic Chutch.
25th December 2012
Feature: The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2012 3
7:40 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. While we have looked at the top fifteen stories that have changed LGBT life the UK this year, this category is dedicated to the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2012 which took us completely by surprise.
24th December 2012
Dutch foreign minister criticises Pope’s anti-gay rhetoric 26
6:48 PM — The Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone "is unique".
The Pope praises “Trojan horse” anti marriage equality essay by French rabbi 30
5:44 PM — During a Christmas address at the Vatican, the Pope has praised an essay by France's Chief Rabbi, who described equal marriage as a "Trojan horse", which would "undermine" straight marriage.
18th December 2012
Vatican paper says marriage equality efforts aim for a gay ‘utopia’ 41
12:36 PM — The media in the Vatican has likened moves towards equal marriage to a communist-like "utopia", and said that the Catholic Church will not accept "fashionable" changes in favour of equality.
17th December 2012
Video: Peaceful Vatican equal marriage protest stopped by police 20
3:25 AM — Gay rights campaigners who held a silent protest near St Peter’s Square on Sunday, during the Pope’s weekly prayers, have said that they had their placards confiscated, and some were detained by police, reports suggest.
Campaigners protest the Vatican in support of marriage equality 2
1:17 AM — Gay rights campaigners held a protest near St Peter's Square on Sunday, during the Pope's weekly prayers, after he said that legalising marriage equality "threatened the institute of marriage".
France: Thousands take to the streets in support of equal marriage and adoption rights 2
1:15 AM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, in support of the government's decision to legalise equal marriage and adoption.
14th December 2012
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
4th September 2012
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
9th March 2012
Pope: Straight marriage must be ‘defended from misrepresentation’ 116
2:26 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has told an audience of bishops in the US marriage between men and women must be 'promoted and defended'.
10th January 2012
Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens the future of humanity’ 169
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said on Monday that allowing gay couples equal marriage rights could threaten the future of humanity, as a policy which "undermines the family".
23rd November 2011
Pope says HIV is “an ethical problem” during Africa trip 41
11:14 AM — Pontiff said sex education should be "anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church’s teaching", with abstinence, fidelity and "rejection of sexual promiscuity".
17th November 2011
Benetton withdraws ad featuring Pope in manipulated kiss, but Obama and others remain 38
2:30 PM — The doctored picture was part of a series unveiled yesterday that depict public figures in emotional embraces as part of a campaign for the Unhate Foundation.
7th June 2011
Pope preaches against ‘secularisation’ and gay marriage to Croatian Roman Catholics 158
3:20 PM — Pope Benedict warned Roman Catholics in Croatia on Sunday of the "disintegrating" traditional family in Europe and blaming "secularisation", among other issues.
21st November 2010
Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27
5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.
13th August 2010
Latest ‘Protest the Pope’ campaign held in London 72
5:32 PM — A meeting was held in south London last night by the Protest the Pope campaign committee. During the meeting, reasons for protesting the pontiff's visit next month were discussed.
12th August 2010
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.