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Germany: Theology Professors Blast Vatican Gay Union Stance

Germany: Theology Professors Blast Vatican Gay Union Stance

Mar 22, 2021

More than 230 professors of Catholic theology in Germany and other countries where German is spoken have signed a statement protesting the Vatican's recent pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, adding to dissent over the document.

Researcher Says: 'Sex Addiction' Isn't a Justification for Killing

Researcher Says: 'Sex Addiction' Isn't a Justification for Killing

Mar 22, 2021

A researcher reflects on how religion interacts with sexual behaviors and feelings of addiction.

Watch: 'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Says He Was Fired From University for Being Gay

Watch: 'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Says He Was Fired From University for Being Gay

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 22, 2021

In a new YouTube video, Daniel Franzese said Ohio-based Walsh University fired him for being gay.

In Pope's Homeland, Ex-Priest Leaves Church Over Gay Unions

In Pope's Homeland, Ex-Priest Leaves Church Over Gay Unions

By Débora Rey | Mar 19, 2021

A former priest and LGBTQ activist who has blessed same-sex unions in Pope Francis' home country, Argentina, is leaving the Roman Catholic Church after the Vatican issued a pronouncement this week that priests may not perform such blessings.

Vatican Cardinal Defends Gay Union Blessing Ban Amid Dissent

Vatican Cardinal Defends Gay Union Blessing Ban Amid Dissent

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 18, 2021

A cardinal close to Pope Francis defended a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions as the Vatican faced outright dissent from some Catholic clergy and questions about the pontiff's role in approving the document.

U.K. Evangelical Church Alliance Warns Against Banning Conversion Therapy

U.K. Evangelical Church Alliance Warns Against Banning Conversion Therapy

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 18, 2021

The U.K.'s largest Evangelical body warns that banning conversion therapy is a slippery slope to criminalizing church leaders.

Belgian Bishop Lashes Out at Vatican Over Gay Unions Decree

Belgian Bishop Lashes Out at Vatican Over Gay Unions Decree

By Raf Casert | Mar 17, 2021

A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

Milo Yiannopolous to Open Conversion Therapy Facility in Florida

Milo Yiannopolous to Open Conversion Therapy Facility in Florida

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 16, 2021

The right-wing provocateur said he will open a conversion therapy facility in Florida.

LGBTQ Catholics Stung by Vatican Rebuff of Same-Sex Unions

LGBTQ Catholics Stung by Vatican Rebuff of Same-Sex Unions

By David Crary and Luis Andres Henao | Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican's declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.

Vatican Bars Gay Union Blessing, Says God 'Can't Bless Sin'

Vatican Bars Gay Union Blessing, Says God 'Can't Bless Sin'

By Nicole Winfield | Mar 15, 2021

The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin."

Conversion Therapy Church Cannot Sue Vimeo, Court Rules

Conversion Therapy Church Cannot Sue Vimeo, Court Rules

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 11, 2021

Church United cannot sue Vimeo Inc. for having its account deleted after promoting conversion therapy, a federal appeals court in New York ruled.

LGBTQ Rights Bill Ignites Debate Over Religious Liberty

LGBTQ Rights Bill Ignites Debate Over Religious Liberty

By David Crary | Mar 8, 2021

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after winning House approval, its prospects seem bleak.

Where IS Ruled, Pope Calls on Christians to Forgive, Rebuild

Where IS Ruled, Pope Calls on Christians to Forgive, Rebuild

By Nicole Winfield and Samya Kullab | Mar 7, 2021

Pope Francis urged Iraq's Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices committed against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds.

Pope, Top Iraq Shiite Cleric Deliver Message of Coexistence

Pope, Top Iraq Shiite Cleric Deliver Message of Coexistence

By Nicole Winfield and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Mar 7, 2021

Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq's holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric Saturday, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence.

Evangelical Adoption, Foster Agency Will Now Serve Same-Sex Couples

Evangelical Adoption, Foster Agency Will Now Serve Same-Sex Couples

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Mar 6, 2021

Bethany Christian Services, one of the nation's biggest adoption and foster care agencies, announced on Monday it would immediately begin working with LGBTQ families.

United Methodist Conservatives Detail Plans for a Breakaway

United Methodist Conservatives Detail Plans for a Breakaway

By David Crary | Mar 2, 2021

Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

'Not a Good Idea:' Experts Concerned about Pope Trip to Iraq

'Not a Good Idea:' Experts Concerned about Pope Trip to Iraq

By Nicole Winfield and Samya Kullab | Feb 28, 2021

Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there.

Southern Baptists Oust 2 Churches over LGBTQ Inclusion

Southern Baptists Oust 2 Churches over LGBTQ Inclusion

By David Crary | Feb 24, 2021

The Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people.

Marjorie Taylor Green Says 'NO' to LGBTQ Equality

Marjorie Taylor Green Says 'NO' to LGBTQ Equality

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 23, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon-supporting Georgia Republican, is saying "NO" to LGBTQ equality.

Watch: Pete Buttigieg on Faith, Breaking Ground as an Openly Gay Cabinet Member

Watch: Pete Buttigieg on Faith, Breaking Ground as an Openly Gay Cabinet Member

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 22, 2021

Pete Buttigieg spoke with NBC News NOW about what it means to be the first openly gay member of a Presidential cabinet.

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