Gay Priests in Vatican Non-Shock

The Evening Standard reports that

The archdiocese of Naples has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort purportedly identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.

The dossier, which includes WhatsApp chats and other evidence, was compiled by a self-proclaimed gay escort, Francesco Mangiacapra, who says he was fed up with their hypocrisy. None of the 34 priests or six seminarians was accused of having sex with minors.


Gay Marriage? Yes, says Jersey, CI

THE first gay weddings in Jersey could take place later this year after the States legalised same-sex marriage today.

The Jersey Evening Post reports:

Members finally approved the proposals – which were lodged by Chief Minister Ian Gorst – to overhaul the Island’s marriage laws after a process which initially began in 2014. The only Member to vote against was St Martin Constable Michel Le Troquer. Senator Sarah Ferguson abstained.

Psychological tests on assylum seekers are now illegal throughout the EU

The EU’s top court has ruled that asylum seekers must not be subjected to psychological tests to determine whether they are homosexual. The European Court of Justice ruling is binding in all 28 EU states.

In December 2014 the ECJ ruled that sexuality tests violated asylum seekers’ human rights.

In the new ruling, the court said “certain forms of expert reports may prove useful” in such cases. Such reports interfered with a person’s privacy. Authorities must also determine the reliability of a claimant’s statements.

EU countries now have no legal right to impose psychological tests to determine an asylum seeker’s sexuality.

Countries being told by courts to recognise gay marriage

The European court of justice has been advised that rights of same-sex spouses must be recognised by every member of the EU, even if a country’s government has not authorised gay marriage.

A Belgian advocate general in the Luxembourg court, Melchior Wathelet, said gay spouses had standing in countries even where governments were implacably opposed to same-sex marriage.

A final decision will be delivered in the coming months.

Wathelet’s opinion was given in the case of a Romanian national, Adrian Coman, who wanted to be able to build a life in Romania with his American husband, Claibourn Robert Hamilton, with whom he had been living for four years in the US before marrying in Brussels in 2010. Romania prohibits marriage between people of the same sex. It is one of six EU member states, along with Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia, that offer no legal recognition for same-sex relationships.

Meanwhile Reuters reports that a Latin American human rights court said on Tuesday that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions, endorsing a growing push for marriage equality.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ decision came in response to a petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis, who had vowed to increase rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Same-sex couples can marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico.

Vatican Crib Crisis


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This is the crib at St. Peters’ Square, Vatican City, this year. The Times reports:

The St Peter’s Square crib supposedly depicts the seven corporal works of mercy — Catholic acts of penance and charity that include clothing the naked. But traditionalists have suggested that it is a subversive diorama, with the muscular figure in need of clothing described on social media as languid and “vaguely homoerotic”.

Oh ease up. Christmas is for everybody.

Please don’t post this picture on Facebook, by the way.

Austria gets far-right government

Two Austrian political parties have formed a coalition government with a far-right view.

The People’s Party and the Freedom Party forged the alliance yesterday. The Freedom Party is a far-right party.

The People Party’s Sebastian Kurz will be the new chancellor. The Freedom Party’s Heinz-Christian Stache will be his deputy. Kurz, 31, will be Europe’s youngest leader.

CNN notes:

There has been a rise across Europe of populist far-right parties, many of which have campaigned on anti-immigration platforms.
Immigration has dominated the campaign. Kurz has taken a hard line, calling for limits on the number of refugees entering Europe and benefits cuts for EU migrants living in Austria.

Recently the Austrian authorities legalised same sex marriage, which is due to come in during 2019; however, I understand that the Freedom Party is against the introduction of same-sex marriage.

Gadzooks! It must be Christmas.

Austria’s Constitutional Court has decided that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, ruling that the existing laws, which have allowed civil partnerships since 2010, are discriminatory.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations including Germany, France, Britain and Spain.

The Constitutional Court said that civil partnerships will remain an option after the law is changed, and will then be open to straight couples.

In its ruling, the Court said “the distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples,” adding that keeping the two institutions separate suggests that “people with same-sex sexual orientation are not equal to people with heterosexual orientation”.