The Vatican has released a new document stating that homosexuals have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community”, and asks whether members of Catholicism are capable of welcoming same-sex couples and “guaranteeing to them a fraternal space” in the community.
Pope Francis called for a series of meetings with cardinals and bishops to discuss the Church’s approach to marriage, cohabitation and divorce, which he feels need reviewing and updating. The new document is the basis of discussion during these meetings.
While this seems like a vast change in tone from a faith, which in the past, condemned homosexuality as unnatural, the document did not state that the Catholic Church would necessarily support gay marriage or stop its condemnation of homosexual acts.
According to the document, 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.”
However, the very fact that the document was created signals a shift in perspective for the traditional and stoic Catholic Church.
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