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Pope Seeks Frank, Fearless Debate on Family Issues

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 6
Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church's teaching on family matters relevant.

Vatican: Many Catholics Ignore Teachings on Sex

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Jun 26
The Vatican admitted Thursday that most Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex and contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality.

Pope Reaches Out to ’Indifferent’ Catholics

Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

Gay-Friendly Father Robert Nugent Dies on New Year’s Day

RELIGION | By Winnie McCroy | Jan 2
Gay-friendly advocate Father Robert Nugent, who co-founded New Ways Ministry for gay Catholics, passed away on Jan. 1 in Wisconsin.

Majority Catholic Support Marriage Equality, New Poll Says

RELIGION | By Jason St. Amand | Oct 9
According to a new poll, the majority of Catholics in the U.S. back gay marriage as well as the ordination of women to the priesthood.

Pope Blasts Abortion After Decrying Focus on Rules

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Sep 20
Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s "throw-away culture" and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.

Pope Warns Church Must Find New Balance or Fail

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll | Sep 19
Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a more welcoming place for all.

Ill. Uni Prof Fired After Teaching Catholic Anti-Gay Dogma

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jul 12
A non-tenured adjunct professor was let go from his position at the University of Illinois in Champaign after teaching his students that according to the Catholic conception of "Natural Moral Law," acts of sexual intimacy between consenting adults of the same gender are wrong.

Catholic College Has A ’Gay Day’

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 13
A Catholic college hosted a day-long event for its GLBT students--and not all of the faithful are pleased about it.

Gay Man Sues Church for Reinstatement as Altar Server

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jul 14
A gay altar server in Canada who was removed from his duties for being gay has appealed to a human rights tribunal; anti-gay religious pundits see the case as "intrusive" upon faith issues by the government.

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