First openly gay Episcopal bishop divorces husband
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal church and the global Anglican Communion has announced he is divorcing his husband.
Retired Bishop Gene Robinson announced that he is divorcing Mark Andrew in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire and an article for The Daily Beast.
The couple entered into a civil union in 2008 that converted to a marriage when New Hampshire legalized gay marriage in 2010.
Robinson’s election in 2003 as the first openly gay Anglican bishop created an international uproar and led conservative Episcopalians to break away from the main church in the United States.
He writes that details of his divorce are private and that he can’t repay the debt he owes Andrew “for his standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.”
Robinson had previously been married to a woman and had two children before he and his wife divorced.
Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse
GENEVA (AP) - The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children: It says 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.
The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling Tuesday by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.
Tomasi insisted the convention applied only inside the tiny Vatican City State. He nevertheless released statistics about how the Holy See has adjudicated abuse cases globally - and acknowledged that sexual abuse involving children “can be considered torture.”
SD lawmaker discusses post on homosexuality
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota state lawmaker who called gay sex a moral and a health issue says he regrets the wording of his recent Facebook post but not the sentiment of his controversial comments.