Sexuality

Broughty Ferry minister leads exodus from Church of Scotland in protest at radical changes

Broughty Ferry minister leads exodus from Church of Scotland in protest at radical changes

A Broughty Ferry church has been rocked by a revolt over the Kirk’s views on homosexuality and humanism. The minister of St James Church is leading most of his elders and many worshippers to form a new congregation in protest at the radical changes. They are also objecting to Dundee Presbytery’s decision to stop St […]

Bishop Charles Scicluna

Vatican: chief sex crimes prosecutor will investigate Keith O’Brien

The Vatican’s chief sex crimes prosecutor is to conduct a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien. Maltese Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, who has being investigating clerical abuse for a decade, will visit Scotland next week to take testimonies from those with information about sexual misconduct surrounding the Cardinal. Wider allegations […]

Justin Welby: Anglican Communion sexuality decisions can mean African Christians suffer

Justin Welby: Anglican Communion sexuality decisions can mean African Christians suffer

• This discussion at 51 minutes The Archbishop of Canterbury revealed today that Christians in parts of Africa face abuse, violence and even death because of decisions on sexual equality made by Anglican Churches in the West. Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, made the comments in an hour-long phone-in programme on […]

Ben Stephenson

‘There aren’t enough gay characters on TV’ says BBC drama boss who promises to commission more homosexual storylines

The BBC drama controller has said there are not enough gay characters on TV. Ben Stephenson, who is himself gay, called on writers to come forward with more stories which focus on homosexuality. The comments were made during the BBC’s Reflect and Represent talk at New Broadcasting House on Monday which aims to discuss the […]

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Papal court could strip sex shame cardinal Keith O’Brien of title in wake of trial

Disgraced cardinal Keith O’Brien may face a trial under internal Catholic Church law which could see him stripped of his red hat. The church hierarchy are probing allegations O’Brien – now living at a retreat in Cumbria – made unwanted sexual advances towards young priests. Three priests whose accusations forced O’Brien to stand down from […]

Chris Creegan

The Pink Scotland List: the pride of the nation

Following Holyrood’s historic decision this month to pass the Equal Marriage Act, Scotland on Sunday has drawn up the Pink Scotland List marking the contribution made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to the cultural, political and public life of the nation. 1 RUTH DAVIDSON Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party […]

Same-sex marriage vote prompts Wishaw church concerns

Same-sex marriage vote prompts Wishaw church concerns

Ministers from Wishaw churches have voiced concerns and disappointment over the legalisation of gay marriage. Last week the Scottish parliament voted by 105-18 to recognise same-sex marriage, following the lead of Westminster where last year the practice was legalised in England and Wales. Despite such overwhelming support among politicians – including that of Motherwell and […]

Rev Neil Glover

Cambuslang minister goes against own church’s view on same sex marriage

A Cambuslang minister has gone against his own church’s views on same sex marriage by offering his support for gay and lesbian couples to wed. Neil Glover, who is the Minister at Flemington-Hallside Church in Halfway, spoke to the Rutherglen Reformer after the marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was passed in the Scottish Parliament […]

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson on same-sex marriage: after the vote, I cried deep sobbing tears of relief and release and joy and pain and pride

As a practising Christian who is gay, the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Act has been an intensely personal experience, as well as one that encompassed universal themes and fundamental rights, writes Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Last Tuesday, MSPs voted to allow same-sex marriages to be conducted in Scotland for the […]

Roman Catholic Church remains committed to the sacrament of marriage

Roman Catholic Church remains committed to the sacrament of marriage

The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of legislation to allow same-sex ‘marriage’ on Tuesday, with the first such ceremonies now expected to take place before the end of this year. The passing of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, by 105 votes to 18, dismayed traditional marriage campaigners, who said politicians had failed […]

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