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Vatican: Many Catholics Ignore Teachings on Sex

By Nicole Winfield | Thursday Jun 26, 2014
The Vatican admitted Thursday that most Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex and contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality.

Pope Reaches Out to ’Indifferent’ Catholics

Monday Jan 6, 2014
Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

Gay-Friendly Father Robert Nugent Dies on New Year’s Day

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Jan 2, 2014
Gay-friendly advocate Father Robert Nugent, who co-founded New Ways Ministry for gay Catholics, passed away on Jan. 1 in Wisconsin.

Majority Catholic Support Marriage Equality, New Poll Says

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Oct 9, 2013
According to a new poll, the majority of Catholics in the U.S. back gay marriage as well as the ordination of women to the priesthood.

Pope Blasts Abortion After Decrying Focus on Rules

By Nicole Winfield | Friday Sep 20, 2013
Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s "throw-away culture" and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

Pope Warns Church Must Find New Balance or Fail

By Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll | Thursday Sep 19, 2013
Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a more welcoming place for all.

Ill. Uni Prof Fired After Teaching Catholic Anti-Gay Dogma

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Jul 12, 2010
A non-tenured adjunct professor was let go from his position at the University of Illinois in Champaign after teaching his students that according to the Catholic conception of "Natural Moral Law," acts of sexual intimacy between consenting adults of the same gender are wrong.

Catholic College Has A ’Gay Day’

By Kilian Melloy | Tuesday Oct 13, 2009
A Catholic college hosted a day-long event for its GLBT students--and not all of the faithful are pleased about it.

Gay Man Sues Church for Reinstatement as Altar Server

By Kilian Melloy | Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
A gay altar server in Canada who was removed from his duties for being gay has appealed to a human rights tribunal; anti-gay religious pundits see the case as "intrusive" upon faith issues by the government.

Effort to Include Gay Partners Threatens Immigration Bill

By Kilian Melloy | Wednesday Jun 3, 2009
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has demonstrated the church’s scorn for same-sex families once again by abandoning support for one version of a bill to reunite immigrant families--the version that provides for same-sex partners.