Vatican Softens Stance On LGBT Community

Lead by the progressive efforts of Pope Francis, the Vatican issued a directive Monday to Catholic parishes around the world with a simple change of policy: treat LGBT people with kindness and respect. 

Slate has more:

The statement, called “Relatio,” was the result of a week-long conference on the contemporary family organized by Pope Francis. The 200 bishops who participated called on the church to recognize the “gifts and qualities” that homosexuals can contribute and suggested that it is possible for the Catholics to make a “fraternal space” for gays without necessarily compromising on basic doctrine, which continues to view homosexual sex acts as sin and to deny the validity of same-sex marriage.

“[A]re we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities?” the document asked. “Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home.” According to Reuters, the statement will continue to be discussed over another week of meetings, and a final, possibly changed version, will be produced in the end.  

“Relatio” comes at a particularly charged moment for Catholicism as it relates to LGBTQ people. Many saw Pope Francis’ words last year—“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”—as signaling a kind of perestroika, and this “synod” statement suggests that the Church’s position on the issue is indeed reforming to a degree. However, in the U.S., the rapid expansion of same-sex marriage rights across the various states has given rise to a growing number of high-profile controversies in which gay Catholics have been fired from lay positions as teachers and choir directors and barred from receiving communion for marrying their partners—often despite having been openly recognized as committed couples in their local church and communities for decades.

Even though these are fundamental teachings of Jesus, it took the Vatican a few millennia to figure out they should treat their neighbors with compassion, huh? Better late than never, right? 

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Who cares.  Not me.

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Don't get me started on the Catholic Church........

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Better Francis than the girl with the Prada red slippers. This pope has a brain with a heart attached.

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This is actually Hilarious on so many levels ... However, I have learned that The Universe aka God does move in odd sorts of ways ... Who am I to judge? I'm Just thankful for more positive words/action from the church. Not so much for me, but the Billions that religion has hurt and crushed. the souls that have been damaged for Centuries. Bravo Pope Francis! Well done. 

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I can wait for change but I won't be satisfied until the church stops hurting LGBT people. No more firing, no more actively influencing laws against us. They are welcome to continue to be against gay marriage but that shouldn't translate into encouraging the mistreatment of our community.

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I am a lapsed Catholic but love Pope Franics. If anyone can ever get me back in the church it would be him. I still believe in the Trinity and accept Christ as my saviour for whom loves me just as I am . I grew up thinking I would go to hell from what the church taught. I came to realize that is not what Jesus taught.

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Still keep your sons away from the priests.

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Bigots still say the same thing about us. Let's not go down that road if for no other reason than most victims of clergy sexual abuse don't find it a laughing matter.

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they just want our money!

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This is EXACTLY what I said. The coffers must be drying up and we have a very high disposal income. I don't need the church to sanction me. Just my constitutional government.

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