Posts Tagged ‘Homosexuality’

Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change, says former Irish President Mary McAleese. Focusing on homosexuality, she says she cannot go to the World Meeting of Families when the Pope visits Ireland in August, as it does not include LGBTI people. In her view, the Church’s “evil” teaching on homosexuality gave rise to Read more

Australia’s PM believes in religious freedom more strongly than in same-gender marriage

Monday, September 18th, 2017
religious freedom

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, even more strongly do I believe in religious freedom,” says Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A supporter of same-gender marriage, Turnbull defended the right of a church to refuse to marry a young couple who had posted support for same-sex unions on social media. He Read more

Cook Islands looks to decriminalise homosexuality

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Legislation is being considered in the Cook Islands that could see sections removed from a 1969 Act that criminalise consensual sex between two men. The proposed Crimes Bill 2017 was presented after the Cook Islands Parliament established a committee to review public submissions about amending the Crimes Act. Some religious leaders are opposing the change. ”If Read more

Saying homosexuality is a gift from God causes trouble

Monday, August 14th, 2017

A Brazilian bishop who said homosexuality is a “gift from God” in a homily has had to defend his point of view. Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos of Caicó says his intention was to “save lives” and help “overcome prejudices that kill.” “When you look at homosexuality, you cannot say it’s an option … It’s Read more

Fiji InterFaith group discuss same gender marriage

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
same gender marriage

A variety of opinions on the topic of same gender marriage were expressed at a meeting of InterFaith Search Fiji in Suva on Saturday. Speakers talked about ways of accepting members of the LGBITQ community. Reverend Anil Reuben of the Methodist Church said many people in same gender marriage had slowly dropped out of the Read more

Tamaki, the Christian, and quakes

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Brian Tamaki and earthquakes

It is difficult to discuss Brian Tamaki and his discourses without making a few basic points. The first is this: As Christians we do not accept every word of the bible as being the literal “word of God” addressed to us at this time, directing our lives. We do know that the Bible contains writings Read more

Decriminalisation of homosexuality in Tonga likely to face opposition

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Tonga’s acting attorney general, ‘Aminiasi Kefu, believes there will be strong opposition to the calls from Tonga’s LGBTI community to revise the Criminal Offences Act. Tonga’s homosexual and transgender community will be calling on government leaders to revise legislation in order to protect LGBTI people. Tonga’s Leiti Association has planned a national consultation with government Read more

Risk of break-up of worldwide Anglican Communion

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A deal to avert a break-up of the worldwide Anglican Communion risks collapse amid signals African churches are re-assessing ties with the Church of England. The leader of a powerful bloc of traditionalists representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans said the CofE has crossed a “line” in recent decisions on homosexuality. The Most Rev Read more

Law reforms in Nauru: suicide, homosexuality decriminalised

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Nauru government has announced that the island’s Parliament this month passed a number of laws to bring the nation up to international human rights standards. A new act replaces a former criminal code that dated back to 1899 and was based on old Queensland laws. The law reforms come after a number of incidents at the Read more

Africa won’t have West dictating on homosexuality: Cardinal

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Catholic bishops from part of Africa have sent a strong signal that the continent will not accept Western dictatorship on homosexuality. The president of West Africa’s regional bishops conference, Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, said Africans must be alert to any indoctrination from the West to accept same-sex marriage. Cardinal Sarr said some Americans behave “like people who Read more