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.
7th June 2013
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
28th May 2013
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
15th May 2013
Vatican says Cardinal Keith O’Brien to leave Scotland for ‘spiritual renewal, prayer and penance’ 23
3:01 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has announced.
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.
21st March 2013
Cardinal O’Brien alleged to have been in long-standing physical relationship with male priest 32
12:28 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien allegedly had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his conduct sparked his resignation, it is claimed.
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.
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
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.
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
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.