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Catholic Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split (homosexuality)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 10.18.2014

BEFORE THIS CATHOLIC CHURCH NONSENSE apparently led by the new liberal (but not Apostolic) pope Francis - I have always lauded ONLY the Catholic Church as standing up against the opening of the 'Gates of Hell' regarding the GRAVE sins of Homosexuality AND Abortion. But this liberal Pope Francis the 1st has me wondering if even the Catholic Church will give into EVIL -- as so so many Protestant churches (homosexuality & abortion) have. /s/ Steve @

On same-sex couples, the bishops said there is "no foundation" for comparing gay unions to "God's design of matrimony and the family."

Catholics bishops: No agreement on gays and lesbians
By Delia Gallagher and Daniel Burke, CNN
Sat October 18, 2014

Rome (CNN) -- Catholic bishops ended a tense, two-week summit in Rome on Saturday without agreeing on how to minister to gays and lesbians or whether divorced and remarried Catholics should receive Holy Communion.

An interim report issued on Monday, and greeted with great fanfare from liberal Catholics, was heavily revised by Saturday. Sections were removed that had praised the "gifts" gays and lesbians offer the church, as well as the "precious support" same-sex partners give to one other.

Even the revised sections, though, failed to garner a two-thirds consensus from the nearly 200 bishops meeting here, revealing deep divisions in the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

The bishops were summoned by Pope Francis to figure out how present the church's teachings on sexuality and family life, which is seen as outdated in many parts of the world, according to polls.

But more difficult issues, especially homosexuality, eluded agreement, and led to an unusual amount of public bickering by bishops. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen compared the summit to a soap opera.

Part of the problem may have been built into the process.

The synod released the interim report, offering a "snapshot," in the words of a church spokesman, halfway through the closed-door meetings. That report contained a strikingly tolerant tone toward gays and lesbians, earning widespread praise from gay rights groups.

But some bishops, mainly conservatives, complained that the interim report did not accurately portray the synod's discussions.

"Boy, does this ever need some revisions," Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who attended the summit, told CBS News on Wednesday.

By Saturday, those revisions were evident.

The unprecedented welcome to gays and lesbians and recognition of their "gifts"? Gone.

The acknowledgment that same-sex couples offer each other "precious support?" Arrivederci.

The more tolerant take on cohabitating couples and openness toward remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion? Nowhere in sight.



Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were ‘‘positive elements’’ in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in cases when men and women were living together outside marriage.

They also said the church must respect Catholics in their moral evaluation of ‘‘methods used to regulate births,’’ a seemingly significant deviation from church teaching barring any form of artificial contraception.

But the bishops failed to reach consensus on a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals. The new section had stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week.

Rather than considering gays as individuals who had gifts to offer the church, the revised paragraph referred to homosexuality as one of the problems Catholic families face. It said ‘‘people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity,’’ but repeated church teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

The revised paragraph failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

Two other paragraphs concerning the other hot-button issue at the synod of bishops — whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion — also failed to pass.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the failure of the paragraphs to pass meant that they have to be discussed further to arrive at a consensus at a meeting of bishops next October.

It could be that the 118-62 vote on the gay paragraph was a protest vote of sorts by progressive bishops who refused to back the watered-down wording and wanted to keep the issue alive. The original draft had said gays had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided gay couples with ‘‘precious’’ support.

New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group, said it was ‘‘very disappointing’’ that the final report had backtracked from the welcoming words contained in the draft. Nevertheless, it said the synod’s process ‘‘and openness to discussion provides hope for further development down the road, particularly at next year’s synod, where the makeup of the participants will be larger and more diverse, including many more pastorally-oriented bishops.’’

A coalition of small pro-life groups, Voice of the Family, said the outcome of the meeting had only contributed to ‘‘deepening the confusion that has already damaged families since the sexual revolution of the 1960s.’’

FINISH READING this at: Boston Globe


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