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Monday , December 5 2016
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Catholic Church to Discuss Change in Attitude to Gays

In a new document from the Vatican, signals that the Church will discuss the “gifts and qualities” that homosexuals have “to offer the Christian community.”

The text of the document does not state that there will be a total shift in attitude toward homosexuals, it just raises the question of what they have to offer and where they fit in the Church “without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.”

The three parts to the document that pertain to the discussion on homosexuality read:

  • “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”
  • “The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge. The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same-sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.”
  • “Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same-sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.”

Last year in an effort to signal more compassion with homosexuals, Pope Francis said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge.”

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