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Franklin Graham Ends Pride Month with Homophobic Message

Jul 6, 2021

How about a little hate to end Pride Month? That is the way homophobic evangelist Franklin Graham chose to end June with a Facebook post commenting on a BBC story of how "Pride has gone mainstream."

LGBTQ Youth of Faith Pray, Bond at 'Beloved Arise' Group

By Luis Andres Henao | Jul 6, 2021

Young people worldwide have joined Beloved Arise during the pandemic to worship, sing and bond virtually. The group celebrated its second annual Queer Youth of Faith Day with podcasts, concerts, online panels and seminars on LGBTQ history and churches.

Vatican: Pope Alert and Well aDay after Intestinal Surgery

Jul 5, 2021

Pope Francis was "in good, overall condition, alert" and breathing on his own Monday, the Vatican said a day after the pontiff underwent a three-hour operation that involved removing half of his colon.

Vatican Says Pope 'Reacted Well' to Intestinal Surgery

By Frances D'Emilio | Jul 5, 2021

Pope Francis "reacted well" to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff's condition.

Explainer: Behind the Vatican's London Real Estate Scandal

By Nicole Winfield | Jul 4, 2021

The Vatican has set a July 27 trial date for 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal and papal contender, on charges related to the Holy See's 350 million-euro investment in a luxury London real estate venture.

Ex-Vatican Advisor, Who Claimed He Could 'Cure' Homosexuality By Having Sex with him, Faces Church Censure

Jul 2, 2021

A former priest and Vatican advisor faces censure from the Catholic Church for abuse. He claimed to victims he could "cure" their homosexuality by having sex with him.

Texas Preacher Says He's Happy When Gay People Die

Jul 2, 2021

"Are you sad when fags die?" Texas pastor Jonathan Shelley asked his online congregation after the accidental death of an LGBTQ man in Wilton Manors, Florida, on June 19. (He wasn't. Rather, he was happy.)

Vatican Moves to Tamp Down Spat with Italy Over LGBTQ Rights

By Colleen Barry | Jun 24, 2021

The Vatican's Secretary of State tried to tamp down controversy over a Vatican diplomatic communication to Italy, saying the Holy See wasn't trying to block passage of a law that would extend protections from discrimination to the LGBTQ community.

Activists: Vatican is 'Meddling' in Italy's LGBT Rights Law

By Colleen Barry | Jun 22, 2021

The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, a leading Italian newspaper reported Tuesday.

What Supreme Court Foster Ruling Means for LGBTQ Rights

Jun 21, 2021

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a Catholic adoption agency that had been excluded from Philadelphia's foster programs for refusing to work with same-sex couples will be consequential.

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 19, 2021

After a suspected arson destroyed the original tower, the community came together to put up a new symbol of Pride at Long Beach.

Court: If Bias Rules have Exceptions, Faith Groups Qualify

By Peter Smith | Jun 18, 2021

Governmental entities are on notice that if they want to ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons or anyone else, they must not allow for any exceptions, or else religious groups will have the right to ask for them and have a strong case for getting them.

Southern Baptist Convention Faces Push from the Right

By Travis Loller | Jun 15, 2021

The Southern Baptist Convention is electing a new president Tuesday amid a push to wrest control of the denomination by ultraconservatives who say some current leaders are too liberal on issues that include race and the role of women in ministry.

Watch: Preacher Tony Spell Wants Manly Men with Grease on Their Hands. Really.

Jun 14, 2021

Right Wing Watch reported that Louisiana preacher Tony Spell recently declared that "the world needs to see some manly preachers" like him, before alluding to manly men with grease on their hands and callouses on their knees.

Pope Rejects German Cardinal's Resignation, Urges Reform

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 10, 2021

Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the "catastrophe" of the crisis.

Mormon Sex Therapist's Ouster Stirs Worries of Shame Culture

By Sophia Eppolito | Jun 9, 2021

Sex therapist Lisa Butterworth has long been willing to delve into sensitive sexuality questions with clients who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pope Voices 'Pain' Over Canadian Deaths, Doesn't Apologize

By Frances D'Emilio | Jun 6, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run boarding schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on "this sad affair."

Watch: No Longer Gay, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets a Message from God

Jun 6, 2021

God works in mysterious ways, or so the saying goes. Offering his own cock-eyed proof of that statement is ex-gay, ultra-conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos with his own divine sign.

Wisconsin Priest Digs in to Refuse Bishop's Demand to Resign

By Todd Richmond and David Crary | Jun 5, 2021

The Rev. James Altman calls himself "a lowly priest" serving a blue-collar city in western Wisconsin. But when his bishop demanded his resignation — after a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic — Altman refused to oblige.

Falwell: Liberty University Lawsuit Is Excuse to Shame Him

Jun 5, 2021

Jerry Falwell Jr. is asking a court in Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit Liberty University filed over his headline-grabbing departure last year as leader of the evangelical school his father founded.

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