Pope meets with Jesuit targeted by right for LGBTQ outreach

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Rev. James Martin. (Photo from Facebook)

VATICAN CITY (AP) | Pope Francis met privately with an American Jesuit Sept. 30 who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays, the latest evidence of Francis’ willingness to shrug off right-wing criticism for the sake of his pastoral priorities.

The Vatican listed the audience with the Rev. James Martin among the pope’s activities, in a sign that Francis wanted it publicized. Since only some of Francis’ private meetings are announced, the implicit message was a public vote of confidence in Martin’s ministry.

Continue Reading >>

Legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Director Franco Zeffirelli. (By Alexey Yushenkov, from Wikimedia Commons)

ROME (AP) | Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died on June 15 at 96.

While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He produced classics for the world’s most famous opera houses, from Milan’s venerable La Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and plays for London and Italian stages.

Continue Reading >>

New book alleges gay sex in Vatican dorm, shady banking

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

ROME (AP) – The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary.

Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Original Sin” went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades.

Continue Reading >>

Dolce & Gabbana release handbags, t-shirts celebrating same-sex families

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

After making derogatory comments about children of same-sex couples, Dolce & Gabbana have done a 180 and released handbags and t-shirts celebrating same-sex couples and families.

The designing duo released three photos on their Instagram account Jan. 29. The photos depict simple drawings of a same-sex couple, one featuring men and the other women, with several multi-racial children on a handbag. A third picture features similar artwork on t-shirts. The posts are accompanied with #dgfamily.

Continue Reading >>

Pope begs forgiveness for scandals hitting Rome, the Vatican

By : Wire Report
Comments: 1

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Oct. 14 for recent scandals that have hit Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of reassuring his flock.

Francis didn’t cite examples in his off-the-cuff request for pardon at the start of his general audience. It was met with subdued applause afterward. However, the past week has seen its fair share of headline-making news that has involved the church in one way or another.

Continue Reading >>

Rome mayor registers 16 same sex marriages

By : Wire report
Comments: 0

Rome (AP) – The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome’s mayor defied Italy’s government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of foreign gay marriages would be voided, and Rome’s prefect vowed to do so immediately.

Continue Reading >>