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.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
15th October 2013
Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis’s approach on social issues 20
2:47 PM — Pope Francis’ conciliatory approach to discussing social issues involving the Catholic Church has generated concern among conservative Catholics in the US.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
3rd October 2013
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
30th September 2013
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
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.
19th September 2013
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.
31st July 2013
Archbishop of New York: Pope Francis remains opposed to gay relationships 26
11:41 AM — The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, says Pope Francis remains opposed to same-sex relationships.
30th July 2013
NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn: Pope Francis’ comments about gay people are ‘terrific’ 8
7:13 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s leading the field to become the next mayor of New York City says Pope Francis' latest comments on gay people are "terrific".
Peter Tatchell: Pope Francis still presides over homophobia despite saying he won’t judge gay people 12
12:41 PM — Pope Francis has offered a "change of tone" on gay people "but not a change in substance," says Peter Tatchell.
29th July 2013
Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? 128
12:59 PM — In a significant development Pope Francis has said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Marriage will remain as a union between man and woman in the eyes of Christianity 84
11:57 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury says the recent signing into law of equal marriage for England and Wales doesn’t change Christian teaching on marriage and sexual morality.
26th July 2013
Successor to disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien promises renewal following priest scandal 52
3:42 PM — The successor to Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned following sexual misconduct allegations, has promised to drop the incendiary language used by his predecessor in political rows over issues such as equal marriage in favour of a more conciliatory tone.
23rd July 2013
Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly ready to resign over ‘gay lobby’ scandal 25
7:17 PM — The Prelate of the Vatican bank, who is facing claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour, has offered to resign, according to an Italian news agency.
19th July 2013
Vatican denies Vatican bank prelate linked with ‘gay lobby’ 9
11:01 AM — Vatican officials have moved to deny reports that a cleric hand-picked by Pope Francis to reform the troubled Vatican bank is protected by a “gay lobby”.
10th July 2013
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
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.
12th June 2013
Latin American Catholic Church group says ‘sorry’ for Pope Francis’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks 2
11:01 AM — A Latin American Catholic Church group has apologised for the "confusion" caused by the publication of members' accounts of a meeting with Pope Francis where he is quoted as referring to a “gay lobby” inside the Curia.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.