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Catholic Church makes 'stunning' overture toward gays
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Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for greater acceptance of gays in the church, predicted the Vatican position would be ignored, including by some Catholic clergy. Francis has endorsed providing gay couples with legal protections in same-sex unions, but that was in reference to the civil sphere, not within the church. Those comments were made during a interview with a Mexican broadcaster, Televisa, but were censored by the Vatican until they appeared in a documentary last year. While the documentary fudged the context, Francis was referring to the position he took when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. At the time, Argentine lawmakers were considering approving gay marriage, which the Catholic Church opposes. They are children of God.
No sooner had it been reported that Pope Francis had endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples that Vatican-watchers started arguing about whether this was a big deal. They are children of God. He supported civil unions when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and the National Catholic Reporter has excavated two interviews during his papacy in which Francis seemed to commend that arrangement and distinguish it from marriage. Catholic Church.
In a preliminary report halfway through a Vatican meeting on family life, the bishops also said the church must recognize the "positive" aspects of civil unions and even Catholics who live together, with the aim of bringing them to a lifelong commitment in a church wedding. The report summarized the closed-door debate that Pope Francis initiated to discuss a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance rather than condemnation, and it will guide discussions until a final document is issued Saturday. The bishops were clearly taking into account the views of the pope, whose "Who am I to judge? Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.