- May 10, 2021
One of Germany’s top prelates has criticized an upcoming Catholic-backed initiative providing blessings for same-sex couples, saying blessings hold spiritual significance and therefore should never be used for political ends or as a means of protest.
A letter sent from the Vatican to bishops’ conferences around the world seeking to explain the Pope Francis’s recent remarks on civil unions has argued that the pope’s words were taken out of context and that his position does not constitute a change in Church teaching on the issue.
Former Irish President Mary McAleese says she is pledging “to use whatever time is left to me” to challenge Church teachings on homosexuality and women.
The Italian bishops have criticized a new bill under consideration which criminalizes discrimination against homosexual and transsexual individuals, arguing that the legislation is unnecessary and would limit free expression of opinion.
A new book by the Pontifical Biblical Commission cannot be read as opening the Catholic Church to the acceptance of gay marriage or homosexual unions, said the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The latest episode of Brazil’s comedy group Porta dos Fundos on Netflix has angered thousands of Brazilians from different religions. The group’s Christmas special, “A Primeira Tentacao de Cristo” (“The First Temptation of Christ”) is a satire about a gay Jesus bringing his boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph.
A Q&A session got a little heated at a sex abuse conference.
The Vienna-based FC Mariahilf Women’s soccer club has apologized to the Vatican after a friendly match between the two Saturday was cancelled when several Austrian players lifted their jerseys exposing pro-choice slogans at odds with Catholic teaching on abortion.