Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse
catholic church / central europe / poland

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse

The head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, last week blamed pedophilia on divorce, the pursuit of same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children, according to The Telegraph. “It goes against the laws of nature, promotes marriage between persons of the same sex and fights for the right to legalize adoption of children … Continue reading

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights
catholic church / europe / orthodox church / religion / ukraine

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights

Churches in Ukraine have said they oppose expanded freedoms for gay people as a precondition for closer ties with the European Union. Fr Ihor Yatsiv, spokesman for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, told the Catholic News Service: “Although we don’t create obstacles for these people in their relations with God, our Church speaks in traditional language … Continue reading

Pope meets Lithuanian PM: Was Butkevičius listening?
baltics / catholic church / lithuania

Pope meets Lithuanian PM: Was Butkevičius listening?

On the day Pope Francis’ landmark interview caused some gay commentators to remark on the “rebirth of Catholicism“, the church leader was photographed receiving the Lithuanian Prime Minister.  We hope that Mr. Butkevičius was paying attention to the Pope’s message. (see our earlier post about the Pope’s interview to the America Jesuit magazine). (Photo: Reuters) Continue reading

Pope Francis: “We have to find a new balance.”
catholic church / religion

Pope Francis: “We have to find a new balance.”

“America” magazine, published in New York as a leading weekly review of Catholic issues, has published an extensive and exclusive interview with Pope Francis that took place over three meetings in Rome in August, 2013. The journal asked the pope about a wide range of social and faith issues, including the question of the Catholic … Continue reading