1) The Catholic island nation of Malta passed legislation approving civil unions for same-gender couples, according to Gay Star News. Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, a Maltese Catholic bishop, who had at one time spoke favorably about same-gender relationships, was one of the prime spokesperson’s for the local Catholic hierarchy opposing the new law.
2) Catholics in Spain are strongly in support of that nation’s marriage equality law, which was enacted in 2005, according to a new survey. West-Info.eu reported on the survey which also noted that in two Catholic nations where same-gender marriage is not legal, the majority of believers oppose such a policy: in Italy, 66%; in Poland, 78%.
3) Mother Teresa is featured on the website for the United Nations’ Free and Equal program which supports non-discrimination for LGBT people around the globe. When one clicks on her image on the homepage, one is brought to a photo of Mother Teresa under the headline “Mother Teresa Helps Us to Remember What’s Important.” Superimposed over her photo is a quote from the universally-revered champion of the poor: “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” The photo with the quotation can be shared on Facebook and other social media platforms.
4) The National Catholic Reporter noted that the Vatican has appointed a bishop to investigate the sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal Keith O’Brien, formerly the primate of Scotland, who resigned last year when he acknowledged sexual liaisons with men who became priests in his diocese. O’Brien made headlines for speaking out strongly against marriage equality in Scotland. The bishop who will be leading the investigation is Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna, mentioned in the first news note above.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry