5th March 2013
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.
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.
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.
22nd February 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Gay people should not be allowed to marry but straight Catholic priests can 94
6:58 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic, who is staunchly opposed to allowing gay couples to marry, has adopted a new position concerning male priests and hetrosexual marriage.
11th February 2013
UK: Anti-gay Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols: Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI 29
5:26 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his anti-gay views, has called on Catholics to pray for Pope Benedict XVI.
4th February 2013
Tory MP Rees-Mogg: ‘I take my whip from the Roman Catholic Church’ 74
5:25 PM — Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he will not be supporting the same-sex marriage bill, saying he is whipped by the Roman Catholic Church rather than the Conservatives.
28th January 2013
UK: Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards 75
3:09 PM — A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend.
8th January 2013
Dutch Priest posts photos of Catholic leavers to encourage them to stay, following Pope’s anti-gay speech 33
11:07 AM — The names and photographs of parish members attempting to leave the Catholic church will be displayed by a priest in the Netherlands, in an attempt to encourage them to stay.
31st December 2012
Catholic Church tells worshippers to bombard MPs with letters telling them to vote against gay equality 96
12:50 AM — For the first time, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has told worshipers to bombard MPs with letters to lobby them to vote against introducing same-sex marriage.
29th December 2012
Catholic Church: Children will be damaged by gay couples marrying in Britain 188
9:53 PM — A letter to be read to worshipers in Roman Catholic Churches across Birmingham will say that the Government has not considered the damage to be done to children by allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales as well as Scotland.
23rd March 2012
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
20th March 2012
Netherlands: Catholic Church ‘castrated boys as gay cures and punishments’ 47
12:30 PM — A newspaper in the Netherlands claims to have uncovered cases in which boys in Roman Catholic care over half a century ago were castrated to stop them being gay or to punish them for uncovering abuse.
21st December 2011
Exclusive: Scottish Catholic Church uses ‘hate group’ research to fight gay marriage 101
5:07 PM — The Scottish Catholic Church has argued against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying "exceptionally hazardous" gay relationships lead to shorter life expectancies, relying on a study which was discredited by its own authors for this purpose ten years ago and a paper authored by the founder of the US Family Research Institute.
9th December 2011
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
7th December 2011
Scottish Episcopal Church “bound by canons” to oppose gay marriage 62
4:26 PM — The Church's General Synod has said it is currently bound by the canons which define marriage as being between a man and a woman, but said it has not yet had time to run a "full debate" on the issue of gay marriage internally.