• US Catholic Bishops Focused on Marriage, Religious Liberty

    BALTIMORE — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, at their first assembly since gay marriage became legal nationwide, vowed Monday to uphold marriage as only the union of a man and a woman and to seek legal protections for those who share that view.

  • Vatican Mystery: Where Did Gay Welcome Originate?

    It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

  • Vatican Says Ex-Envoy, Charged With Sexual Abuse, Has Died

    The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.

  • Vatican Softens Tone Toward Gays And Lesbians

    ROME (CNN) -- The Vatican said Thursday that gays and lesbians must be treated with respect, their children may be baptized in the church, and admitted that Catholic priests are sometimes unsure about how to deal with same-sex couples.

  • Vatican-Backed Family Rally to Have Speech on Welcoming Gays

    An international family rally the Catholic Church is hosting in Ireland will feature workshops on hot-button issues facing Catholic families, including protecting children from clergy sexual abuse, weathering divorce and ministering to lesbian and gay faithful.

  • White House Supports Anti-LGBT Discrimination Measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has come out in support of a federal measure outlawing discrimination against LGBT people.