Though the election of a pope should in a normal world be of concern just for the people following the teaching of Catholicism, the influence the Roman Catholic Church has on many governments and authorities governing the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, justifies the concern of LGBTI activists and organisations in most countries of the world in relation to the election of Francis I. >>>
Will the Roman Catholic Church, under the leadership of a new pope, be any less
homophobic than the one who has just vacated the post? The latest issue of The Pink Humanist, published online by the UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (www.thepinktriangletrust.com/) features an analytical piece by well-known human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who believes that the Church now has chance to reform its doctrinal position on human rights, and drag itself into the 21st century.
(AP) Researchers commissioned by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops to analyze patterns of clergy sex abuse over decades have concluded that homosexuality, celibacy and an all-male priesthood did not cause the scandal. The report from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice said the majority of molestation cases involved priests who were ordained in the 1940s and 1950s, at a time when seminaries did not properly train them to live a celibate life. >>>