The Vatican recently reprised its outdated views, including forbidding priests to bless same-sex unions because “God does not bless sin”. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Roy, a late colleague of mine, was gay. I remember him detailing how he struggled as a Catholic to come to terms with his sexuality. “The church brand(...)

Former Irish president Mary McAleese: “It needs to be removed in conscience, in justice and . . . it has no basis in divine law”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president Mary McAleese is among more than 100 international Catholic academics who have signed a ‘Scholars’ Statement’ challenging the church(...)