Posts Tagged ‘same-sex’

Why did Pope Francis remove doubt about same sex blessings

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
same sex blessings

Pope Francis, who made headlines in the first months of his papacy by responding, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gay priests, has now signed off on a Vatican decree that priests cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The decree, issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Read more

Straight and gay couples invited to Lourdes

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Couples, married or not, heterosexual or homosexual, were invited to spend Valentine’s Day in Lourdes. According to an AFP report, a flyer was put out by Tarbes et Lourdes diocese touting a “couples weekend”. “Come to Lourdes to say I love you,” the flyer stated. It featured the silhouettes of a man and a woman Read more

Sensitivity urged over same-sex partners at school formals

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Melbourne’s archbishop has urged Victoria’s Catholic high schools to be sensitive to students who want to bring a partner of the same sex to school formals. Archbishop Hart was asked by Fairfax Media for comment on a case at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy last year. A student at the all-girls school started Read more

Aussie same-sex bill could stop Catholic agency adoption

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

A Catholic agency may have to stop arranging adoptions if a Victorian bill that allows same-sex couples to jointly adopt children becomes law. Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart and CatholicCare have called for protection for faith-based groups that do not want to give adoption services to same-sex couples. But, under the Victorian government’s bill, faith-based groups Read more

CDF official declares he is gay and has partner

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

An official at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith says he is homosexual, has a partner and that the Church’s stance on same-sex love is inhuman. In a long interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday, Msgr Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, announced he is gay and has a partner. He later held Read more

Ireland to vote on gay marriage in May 22 public referendum

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Voters in the Irish Republic will decide whether or not to approve legal same-sex marriage in a referendum on May 22. In announcing the date, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the referendum would underline Ireland’s reputation as a tolerant and inclusive nation. Mr Kenny said that most members of the Irish Parliament were in favour of Read more

Swiss priest forced to resign after blessing lesbian couple

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A priest in Switzerland has been forced to resign after he blessed a lesbian couple in a ceremony he said was similar to a wedding. Fr Wendelin Bucheli blessed the couple in his parish church in Burglen in October last year. Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur diocese said the priest must now resign and return Read more

Anglican commission considers separate church for gays

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Differences over the blessing and ordination of gays could see the Anglican church in New Zealand could split or even disintegrate. These are two of the options being considered by a church commission dealing with differing views over same-sex relationships. The commission, established two years ago, and chaired by former governor-general, Sir Anand Satyanand, was Read more

Bishop blocks plan for same-sex marriage Rosary

Friday, October 25th, 2013

A Catholic bishop has blocked plans by gay activists to pray the Rosary in his cathedral to ask the Virgin Mary to intercede on their behalf to pass legislation for same-sex marriage. The Rainbow Sash Movement called off the same-sex marriage Rosary after Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, denounced it as “blasphemous”. The movement Read more

Church in UK may opt out of civil marriage role

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has given notice it may be forced to opt out of its civil marriage role if a same-sex marriage bill is passed. The government bill has passed the House of Commons and is now being scrutinised by a joint human rights committee of MPs and peers before being Read more