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It's Not Surprising the Pope Says Being Gay 'Isn't a Crime' — a Catholic Theologian Explains

It's Not Surprising the Pope Says Being Gay 'Isn't a Crime' — a Catholic Theologian Explains

Feb 1, 2023

Francis' long history of making similar comments in support of LGBTQ people's dignity, despite the church's rejection of homosexuality, has provoked plenty of criticism from some Catholics.

Pope Clarifies Homosexuality and Sin Comments in Note

Pope Clarifies Homosexuality and Sin Comments in Note

By Nicole Winfield | Jan 28, 2023

Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely referring to official Catholic moral teaching that teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin.

AP Interview: Pope Francis Says Homosexuality is Not a Crime

AP Interview: Pope Francis Says Homosexuality is Not a Crime

By Nicole Winfield | Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as "unjust," saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ+ people into the church.

Pope Benedict Reaches from Beyond the Grave to Claim 'Gay Clubs' Exist in Priesthood

Pope Benedict Reaches from Beyond the Grave to Claim 'Gay Clubs' Exist in Priesthood

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI may have died a month ago, but is reaching beyond the grave to shade Pope Francis with claims of "gay clubs" in the priesthood.

Church of England Apologizes for Treatment of LGBTQ+ People

Church of England Apologizes for Treatment of LGBTQ+ People

By Danica Kirka | Jan 20, 2023

The Church of England formally apologized Friday for its treatment of LGBTQ people, even as it said that same-sex couples still won't be allowed to marry in its churches.

Church of England Refuses to Back Same-sex Marriage

Church of England Refuses to Back Same-sex Marriage

By Sylvia Hui | Jan 18, 2023

The Church of England said Wednesday it will allow blessings for same-sex, civil marriages for the first time but same-sex couples still will not be allowed to marry in its churches.

Benedict Aide's Tell-All Book Will Expose 'Dark Maneuvers'

Benedict Aide's Tell-All Book Will Expose 'Dark Maneuvers'

By Nicole Winfield | Jan 8, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's longtime personal secretary has written a tell-all book that his publisher on Monday promised would tell the truth about the "blatant calumnies," "dark maneuvers," mysteries and scandals that sullied Benedict's legacy.

Critics Attack Des Moines Diocese's Gender-identity Policies

Critics Attack Des Moines Diocese's Gender-identity Policies

Jan 7, 2023

Critics are attacking the Diocese of Des Moines' new gender-identity policies, calling them hateful and discriminatory.

Pope Benedict — 'God's Rottweiler' — Called Homosexuality 'Intrinsically Evil'

Pope Benedict — 'God's Rottweiler' — Called Homosexuality 'Intrinsically Evil'

Jan 1, 2023

Benedict, who famously stepped away from leading the Catholic Church 9 years ago, was a rigid, moral disciplinarian who throughout his long church career actively addressed homosexuality as a moral defect.

Pope on Christmas: Jesus Was Poor, So Don't Be Power-Hungry

Pope on Christmas: Jesus Was Poor, So Don't Be Power-Hungry

By Frances D'Emilio | Dec 25, 2022

Recalling Jesus' birth in a stable, Pope Francis rebuked those "ravenous" for wealth and power at the expense of the vulnerable, including children, in a Christmas Eve homily.

Asexual Latter-Day Saints Face Dilemma in Marriage-Focused Tradition

Asexual Latter-Day Saints Face Dilemma in Marriage-Focused Tradition

Dec 11, 2022

Given the church's unique cultural and religious values around dating and marriage, many ace Latter-day Saints can feel stuck, lonely, and even traumatized.

Buddhist Teachings Exclude LGBTQ+ from Monastic Life, but Change is Underway

Buddhist Teachings Exclude LGBTQ+ from Monastic Life, but Change is Underway

Dec 10, 2022

There is plenty of discussion on the various expressions of human sexuality and sexual orientations in pre-modern Buddhist literature.

Friction over LGBTQ+ Issues Worsens in Global Anglican Church

Friction over LGBTQ+ Issues Worsens in Global Anglican Church

By Chinedu Asadu and David Crary of The Associated Press and Catherine Pepinster of Religious News Service | Dec 7, 2022

Friction has long-simmered within the global Anglican Communion over its 42 provinces' sharp differences on whether to recognize same-sex marriage and ordain LGBTQ clergy.

LGBTQ+ Students Wrestle with Tensions at Christian Colleges

LGBTQ+ Students Wrestle with Tensions at Christian Colleges

By Giovanna Dell'orto and Yonat Shimron | Dec 5, 2022

As monks chanted prayers in Saint John's University church, members of the student LGBTQ organization, QPLUS, were meeting in their lounge at the Minnesota institution's sister Benedictine college, a few miles away.

Influential Iraqi Cleric Launches Anti-LGBTQ Campaign

Influential Iraqi Cleric Launches Anti-LGBTQ Campaign

By Abby Sewell and Anmar Khalil Kufa | Dec 3, 2022

An influential Iraqi cleric who announced his withdrawal from politics four months ago has broken a period of relative silence to launch an anti-LGBTQ campaign.

German Bishops Assure Vatican but Vow to Proceed With Reform

German Bishops Assure Vatican but Vow to Proceed With Reform

Nov 19, 2022

Germany's Catholic bishops insisted Saturday that their reform process won't lead to a schism and vowed to continue it after tense meetings with Vatican officials who want a moratorium on proposals to ordain women and bless same-sex unions.

Accused Albany Bishop Asks to Be Removed from Priesthood

Accused Albany Bishop Asks to Be Removed from Priesthood

Nov 19, 2022

The retired bishop of Albany, New York, who has admitted to covering up for predator priests and has himself been accused of sexual abuse, has asked Pope Francis to remove him from the priesthood.

Faith Groups Split over Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

Faith Groups Split over Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

By David Crary | Nov 16, 2022

Among U.S. faith leaders and denominations, there are sharp differences over the bill advancing in the Senate that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law.

Mormon Church Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage Law

Mormon Church Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage Law

By Sam Metz | Nov 15, 2022

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it would back proposed federal legislation to safeguard same-sex marriages, marking the latest show of support for the measure from conservative-leaning groups.

LGBTQ-Friendly Votes Signal Progressive Shift for Methodists

LGBTQ-Friendly Votes Signal Progressive Shift for Methodists

By Peter Smith | Nov 12, 2022

The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.

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