25th February 2014
Is the Vatican drinking more to cope with the acceptance of gay marriage around the world? 8
6:57 PM — Residents of Vatican City drink more wine per head than any other country in the world, according to new figures.
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.
13th March 2013
New Pope Francis believes same-sex marriage and gay adoption are the Devil’s work 157
10:33 PM — The new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Argentinean, who will be known as Pope Francis, has in the past described same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting as a "destructive attack on God's plan."
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.
28th February 2013
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.
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.
23rd February 2013
Male priests accuse anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien of inappropriate acts and call on him to resign 244
11:49 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic leader, notorious for his anti-gay views, has been reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests in Scotland.
Vatican denies Pope resigned due to pressure from ‘gay lobby’ in the church 31
5:25 PM — The Vatican has denied reports from the Italian media which claimed that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was down to pressure from a "gay lobby" within the Catholic Church.
22nd September 2012
Pope: Same-sex marriage threatens the future of human nature and society 113
1:43 PM — Addressing bishops in France, the Pope has defended the traditional definition of marriage, saying it must be “promoted and defended” from changes such as allowing gay couples to marry.
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".
22nd September 2011
Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38
3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.
24th November 2010
Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22
10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.
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.
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.
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
8th January 2010
Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30
3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.
6th January 2010
Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14
6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.