Oct 17, 2014

Bishops slam brakes on reform push for gays and divorcees

Catholic bishops have spoken out against a landmark Vatican report calling for a more open approach to gay believers, presenting a series of strongly worded changes bound to disappoint progressives. A preliminary report on Monday for a special synod of bishops in the Vatican ...

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Oct 15, 2014

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn’t reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week ...

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Oct 14, 2014

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with “precious” support. In a preliminary report half-way through a ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...

Oligarch told to pay $4.5 billion in Swiss divorce

May 20, 2014

Oligarch told to pay $4.5 billion in Swiss divorce

A Swiss court has ordered a Russian billionaire to pay more than $4.5 billion to his ex-wife in what could become the biggest divorce settlement in history. In papers delivered Monday to both parties, the Geneva Tribunal of First Instance said Dmitry Rybolovlev, an ...

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Feb 21, 2014

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Italy’s billionaire former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, Italian media said Wednesday. According to gossip website Dagospia and others, Berlusconi’s brown-haired, shapely 28-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, has ...

Rupert Murdoch, wife reach divorce deal

Nov 21, 2013

Rupert Murdoch, wife reach divorce deal

Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his soon-to-be-ex-wife said they were parting with “mutual respect” Wednesday after telling a judge they had reached a divorce deal. The chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox and his Chinese-born wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng Murdoch, ...