Amid Conservative Outcry, Vatican 'Clarifies' Gay-Supportive Document
October 14 2014 4:04 PM ET

Conservative Outcry Prompts Vatican to 'Clarify' Document

Stevie St. John

Vatican officials emphasize that it is an interim report, not the final word.

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People
October 14 2014 2:38 PM ET

Four Other Vatican Overtures to LGBT People

Stevie St. John

The news this week from Rome doesn't indicate unequivocal support for LGBT people, but it's line with a shift in tone that's marked Pope Francis's tenure. Here are some other examples.

Vatican Document: Value Gay People's 'Gifts and Qualities'
October 13 2014 12:15 PM ET

Is the Vatican Softening Its Stance on Gay People?

Trudy Ring

The church should recognize positive aspects of same-sex relationships, the document says.

Catholic Couple Urge Church to Welcome Gays — But Will Anything Change?
October 07 2014 5:33 PM ET

Catholic Couple Urge Church to Welcome Gays — But Will Anything Change?

Trudy Ring

At the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, a long-married Australian couple call for greater acceptance of gays — but bishops and observers don't look for doctrine to change.

Aspiring Catholic Priest Quits Church in Protest of LGBT Firings
September 26 2014 2:14 PM ET

Aspiring Catholic Priest Quits Church in Protest of LGBT Firings

Trudy Ring

Benjamin Brenkert has written an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to stop the firings and speak out against discrimination.

WATCH: Minn. Catholic Church Ousts Gay Music Director for Marriage
September 25 2014 6:47 PM ET

Minn. Catholic Church Ousts Gay Music Director for Marriage

Trudy Ring

Coming at the request of a controversial archbishop, it's the latest in a series of such occurrences.

Catholic Clergy Demand That Gay Couple Divorce
September 22 2014 3:18 PM ET

Catholic Clergy Demand That Gay Couple Divorce

Trudy Ring

A priest and bishop in Montana say that's the only way two gay men who are lifelong Catholics can have their church privileges restored.

Parishioners Support Ousted Gay Music Director, But Firing Stands
August 15 2014 3:29 PM ET

Parishioners Support Ousted Gay Music Director, But Firing Stands

Trudy Ring

Colin Collette was fired from a Chicago-area Catholic church because of his plans to marry his partner.

New Mass. Bishop: 'God Made Us Male and Female'
August 11 2014 7:35 PM ET

New Mass. Bishop: 'God Made Us Male and Female'

Trudy Ring

And, of course, that means marriage for heterosexual couples only, according to Springfield's new Roman Catholic bishop.

Minn. Archbishop Won't Resign, Denies Abuse Allegations
August 05 2014 6:34 PM ET

Minn. Archbishop Won't Resign, Denies Abuse Allegations

Trudy Ring

Archbishop John Nienstedt, an activist against marriage equality, is defending himself against charges that he engaged in sexual misconduct and covered up abuse by others.

Lesbian Fired by Catholic Food Pantry Files Suit
July 20 2014 4:09 AM ET

Lesbian Fired by Catholic Food Pantry Files Suit

Trudy Ring

Colleen Simon says church officials hired her under false pretenses, knowing she was a lesbian and telling her it would not be a problem.

Catholic Bishop: Antigay Attitudes 'Sick' and 'Heartless'
July 15 2014 2:00 PM ET

Catholic Bishop: Antigay Attitudes 'Sick' and 'Heartless'

Trudy Ring

Mexican bishop Raúl Vera once again speaks out strongly on behalf of LGBT people.

Antigay Minn. Archbishop Accused of Same-Sex Advances
July 02 2014 6:54 PM ET

Antigay Minn. Archbishop Accused of Same-Sex Advances

Trudy Ring

Twin Cities Catholic archbishop John Nienstedt, whose career has been marked by condemnations of homosexuality, is the subject of a church investigation.

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