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Vatican’s Special Meeting On Gay Marriage – Good News or Bad News?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The VaticanPope Francis clearly wants to put his mark on the Catholic Church, but what exactly what is that mark? We may get a better sense this fall. The pontiff has just ordered an “extraordinary” session of bishops to gather at the Vatican then to discuss family and relationship issues that include marriage equality.

Whether or not this is a positive development is anyone’s guess.

Among his first acts as pontiff, Pope Francis ordered every diocese in the world to survey Catholics for their attitudes about any number of controversial issues, including marriage equality, contraception and divorce. The gathering of bishops will discuss the results of those surveys. In 2015, they will meet again to formulate policies based on their discussion.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Vatican: Pope Francis Suggests Church Could Accept Some Civil Unions

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Pope FrancisPope Francis suggested the Church might be ok with some form of legal recognition for same sex couples.

The Catholic News Service reports:

“Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pope said, but moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.” Asked to what extent the church could understand this trend, he replied: “It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety.”

Bishops around the world have differed in their responses to civil recognition of nonmarital unions. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said in February 2013 that some legal arrangements are justifiable to protect the inheritance rights of nonmarried couples. But until now, no pope has indicated even tentative acceptance of civil unions.

It’s an olive branch – not a big one, but far more than his predecessor ever offered.

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Vatican Sends Out Survey on Birth Control, Abortion, and Marriage Equality

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The VaticanThe Vatican is sending out a survey to all of its Bishops to get local parishes more involved in church decision-making on important issues.

Edge Boston reports:

The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to “share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.” The survey reflects the pope’s pledges to move away from what he called a “Vatican-centric” approach toward one where local church leaders are more involved in decision-making.

Among the questions are whether gay marriage is recognized in their country and how priests minister to same-sex couples, including how churches can respond when gays seek a religious education or Holy Communion for their children. The poll also asks “how is God’s mercy proclaimed” to separated, divorced and remarried couples. Additional information is sought on the pastoral care of men and women who live together outside of marriage. The survey also asks parishes whether they believe married men and women tend to follow church teaching barring the use of artificial contraception.

I’m kinda liking this new Pope’s style.

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Italy: Threatening Letter From Vatican Shuts Down Gay Kiss Exhibit

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Gay Kiss Exhibit

Photo by Gonzalo Orquin

The Vatican’s lawyers sent a threatening letter to a gallery in Rome, forcing gallery to cancel a gay exhibit.

Towleroad reports:

The Vatican this week blocked an exhibition of photos by artist Gonzalo Orquin that featured gay couples kissing in Churches in Rome. The exhibition entitled, “Trialogo” was scheduled to open at the Galleria L’Opera. However, once the Vatican sent a letter threatening legal action, declaring, “the church is against the exhibition,” and invoking the Italian constitution to make its case, Orquin consulted with his lawyers and decided to pull the exhibit for “security reasons.” The Huffington Post reports:

Vicariate spokesman Claudio Tanturri told The Local that the photos violate the Italian constitution. “Italian constitutional law safeguards an individual’s religious feeling and the function of places of worship,” he said. “Therefore photos that are not suitable and do not conform to the spirituality of the place offend and infringe upon the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith”.

So now religious freedom extends to blocking photos of churches?

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Italy: Archbishop in Vatican Open to Civil Unions For Gay and Lesbian Couples

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Italy: VaticanPope John Paul II’s liturgical master of ceremonies, Archbishop Piero Marini, has signaled that the Vatican should be open to civil unions for same-sex couples. The National Catholic Reporter has the details:

During a Vatican news conference on Feb. 4, Paglia said that while the church is opposed to anything that treats other unions as equivalent to marriage between a man and a woman, it could accept “private law solutions” for protecting people’s rights. In some quarters that comment was styled as undercutting bishops in both France and the United States who at the time were fighting off proposals for gay marriage, though Paglia insisted it’s not what he meant. The Marini comments may also reawaken interest in the new pope’s history on the issue.

As we’ve reported before, the new Pope had supported civil unions in Argentina as a way to forestall full marriage equality there.

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Italy: Vatican Says Don’t Hate The Gays, But Their Marriages Are Sick

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The VaticanLovely. Once again the Vatican manages to put their foot in it while talking about gays and marriage equality. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has some words for the LGBT community, from Gay Star News:

Interviewed by the Italian press, Paglia said: ‘The Catholic Church is against discrimination. All human beings are equal in front of God, but we are also against same-sex marriage. ‘The church must defend the truth and the truth is that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. This is not a religious belief, this is the natural order of things. We can not surrender to a sick egalitarianism. ‘However, homosexuality is still a crime in too many countries. I want the church to defend human rights and to fight this discrimination.’

Mixed messages, anyone?

Italy: Vatican Critical of High Court Ruling on Gays Raising Children

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

The VaticanThe Vatican is pressing its opposition to gay marriage, insisting Saturday that children should grow up with a father and a mother after Italy’s high court upheld a lower court ruling and granted custody of a child to his gay mother.

In its decision Friday, the Court of Cassation said there was no “scientific certainty or experience-based data” to support the father’s claims that the child’s development was being damaged by living with his mother and her female partner. Such an argument was “mere prejudice,” the court said.

On Saturday, bioethicist Adriano Pessina sought to downplay the significance of the ruling, writing in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that children often grow up in less-than-ideal circumstances and turn out fine.

Authored By Steve Rothaus – See the Full Story at GSFLA

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Italy: Four Women Strip in St. Peter’s Square to Protest Vatican Position on Marriage Equality

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

St. Peter's Square, VaticanFour women have gone topless in St. Peter’s Square to protest the Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage.

Police quickly took the women away Sunday, and the pope appeared not to have been disturbed as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza.

On their bare backs, the women had painted slogans “In Gay We Trust,” and “Shut Up.” One of them, Inna Shevchenko, said: “Today we are here to protest against homophobia.”

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Italy: Vatican Paper Compares Marriage Equality to Communism

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Italy: Vatican Paper Compares Marriage Equality to CommunismFaced with recent setbacks in the United States and in Europe, the Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage.

The latest salvo came on Monday (Dec. 17), with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality.

Authored By Alessandro Speciale – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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Italy: Vatican Says Gays Wanting Marriage Equality in a “Different Reality”

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Italy: Vatican Says Gays Wanting Marriage Equality in a "Different Reality"All right, the Vatican needs to take a timeout.

After the Pope’s incendiary comments about gay marriage, the Holy See’s “semi-official” newspaper has blasted gay couples as being in a “different reality” than heterosexual couples and that pursuing marriage equality is simply chasing after an “unattainable utopia.”

L’Osservatore Romano printed a front page editorial on Monday taking umbrage with the weekend’s pro-marriage demonstrations in France and particularly with French Catholic weekly Temoignage Chretien’s endorsement of the country’s controversial gay marriage bill.

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