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US Cardinal Calls for Pope to Clarify Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

US Cardinal Calls for Pope to Clarify Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

One of Pope Francis’ most vocal critics has said that he would refuse giving Communion to any legislator who voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Speaking at a conference on the Catholic family in Limerick recently, Raymond Burke, an high-ranking Irish-American Cardinal, said that he would refuse Communion to Catholic legislators voting in favour of […]

Bishops Vote Against Pope’s Move to Include LGBT People in Catholic Church

Bishops Vote Against Pope’s Move to Include LGBT People in Catholic Church

A majority of Bishops at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, voting against the lead of Pope Francis, rolled back on the positive and inclusive approaches towards gay people in the voting on the final document of the Synod. The final document, published last night, excludes the more open and positive approach used in the […]

Positive Vatican Comments Offer Opportunity for Changed Relationship with LGBT People

Positive Vatican Comments Offer Opportunity for Changed Relationship with LGBT People

The Vatican yesterday presented a document to the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome, in the presence of Pope Francis, which contained some surprisingly positive comments on lesbian and gay people. “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” the potentially groundbreaking document reads: “Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing […]

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

Canadian Hopes To Become First Transgender Catholic Nun

A Canadian trans woman is hoping to become the world’s first transgender Catholic nun. Tia Pesando, from London, Ontario, has already received her local priest’s blessing, and is training to become a Carolinian sister. If Tia does become a nun, she will be the first transgender nun in the world. Speaking with Canada’s CTV, Pesando explains that two […]

Vatican Document Advises More Tolerant Church for Gay Christians and Their Children

Vatican Document Advises More Tolerant Church for Gay Christians and Their Children

The Vatican has published a document yesterday, that advises the Catholic Church to be less critical of homosexuals, while also welcoming their children into the Church without prejudice.  The 75-page document, titled ‘Instrumentum Laboris’, has been prepared ahead of the synod of Catholic bishops, which is set to take place at the Vatican in October […]

Ex-President McAleese LGBT Comments on Catholic Church Welcome, say GLEN

Ex-President McAleese LGBT Comments on Catholic Church Welcome, say GLEN

GLEN has strongly welcomed former Irish President Mary McAleese’s’ call for a change in attitude and teaching by the Catholic church towards lesbian and gay people. In an interview with the Scottish newspaper, The Herald, the former President of Ireland said that her church’s teaching on lesbian and gay issues were wrong and statements by […]

UK: LGBT Catholics Seek Pastoral Response from Church

UK: LGBT Catholics Seek Pastoral Response from Church

A group of LGBT Catholics in Westminister, England, have written to the Bishops of England and Wales ahead of next year’s Extraordinary Synod in Rome, which will examine various issues of importance to the Catholic Church, including family life, birth control and same-sex relationships. The letter was written by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, which […]

Human Rights Watch Calls On Pope To End LGBT Violence

Human Rights Watch Calls On Pope To End LGBT Violence

According to its letter to the Holy See, Human Rights Watch has called on Pope Francis to condemn violence and discrimination against LGBT people, and to ensure that Catholic officials act in accordance with church teachings. Expressing concern that the Catholic Church’s message to its global community has not always been consistent regarding LGBT issues, the rights organisation stated […]