Tag Archive | Pope Francis

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough, and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, [some] LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday. In a documentary called ‘Francesco’, released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights, and that “homosexual people have a right to […]

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

(Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, since his election seven years ago. He made his comments in a new documentary ‘Francesco’, by Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky, that was released on Wednesday.

Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

(Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies, and Jews remind him of Hitler. “It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism,” Francis said in an address to participants of an international conference on criminal law. “And I must confess to you […]

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

(Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday gave a high-profile private audience to a prominent American Jesuit priest, who has been attacked repeatedly by conservative Catholics and media outlets for ministering to homosexuals. By meeting Father James Martin during the morning, when the Pope’s meetings are part of his published schedule, instead of privately in the […]

Pope tells gay priests: Be celibate or leave priesthood

Pope tells gay priests: Be celibate or leave priesthood

(Reuters) Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book. Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado called “The […]

HRC Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apology to LGBTQ People

HRC Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apology to LGBTQ People

Yesterday (27th June) in response to recent comments from Pope Francis that the church should “apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended,” the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement: “Pope Francis’ words […]

GLEN: Vatican’s Amoris Laetitia ‘A missed opportunity to tackle the architecture of homophobia’

GLEN: Vatican’s Amoris Laetitia ‘A missed opportunity to tackle the architecture of homophobia’

Pope says “De facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not be equated with marriage,” despite it being in law in Ireland for nearly a year. “This is a missed the opportunity to reflect and embrace the very positive changes in attitudes towards lesbian and gay people that have come about over the last 20 […]

US: State Department Supports Gay Ambassador Brewster In Church Homophobic Slurs Row

US: State Department Supports Gay Ambassador Brewster In Church Homophobic Slurs Row

Openly gay and married US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James “Wally” Brewster, has been the subject of slurs from Cardinal Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, over a period of two years. The US State Department has now had to intervene, stating that the argument underscores the need to push for […]

HRC: Pope Must Condemn Cardinal Lopez’s Anti-LGBT Slurs Against US Ambassador

HRC: Pope Must Condemn Cardinal Lopez’s Anti-LGBT Slurs Against US Ambassador

Pope Francis continues to remain silent following a series of anti-LGBT attacks unleashed by Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez against U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Wally Brewster. Two weeks ago, HRC (Human Rights Campaign) President, Chad Griffin, called on Pope Francis to condemn Cardinal Lopez’s anti-LGBT slurs and show that the Catholic Church […]

Faith Group Calls On Papal Meeting To Learn From Love Shown By Irish People

Faith Group Calls On Papal Meeting To Learn From Love Shown By Irish People

The Irish campaign group Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) has called on the Synod on the family, which Pope Francis opened yesterday in Rome, to learn from the inclusiveness, love and understanding shown by the Irish people in the recent marriage referendum. In his opening address, Pope Francis emphasised the centrality of procreation in marriage between a man […]