1. On Monday, the Vatican sparked controversy when bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships -- while morally problematic-- provided them "precious" support. This statement marks a stark move away from the Church's historical stance on homosexuality-- even though the inclusive tone is a long way from actual policy change.
  2. John Thavis, Vatican expert and author of the bestselling 2013 book "The Vatican Diaries" told Reuters: "The document clearly reflects Pope Francis' desire to adopt a more merciful pastoral approach on marriage and family issues," he said.
  3. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year nine months after he became Pope Francis. Not only did Time recognize his significance, but he was also declared Person of the Year by The Advocate, the oldest gay rights magazine in the United States. He's been called the 'radical Pope' -- but that characterization may not go far enough for some Catholics when it comes to describing Pope Francis.
  4. According to The New Yorker, the document contains far more positive language about homosexuality than the Church is accustomed to using: "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?"
  5. The document was prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on family life said the Church should challenge itself to find "a fraternal space" for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and marriage.
  6. The text did not signal any immediate (or any change at all in that matter) in the Church's condemnation of homosexual acts or gay marriage but it did use less more compassionate language than that seen in Vatican statements prior to Pope Francis.
  7. Some CBC readers applaud the Pope for his perceived "progressive" stance:
  8. Its progress in the right direction, I never expected that they could make such a significant change in such a short time, maybe in a year or two they will find that it was always just a matter of interpretation.Now let's encourage them to make the next step by admitting what God created was likely something God wanted.
  9. This is a wonderful thing. A little late, but better late than never, of course.
  10. People are leaving the church, or religion all together. This move is solely an attempt to blend in with the modern world & retain believers. With all of the education & scientific advancements we've made in this day & age, how can the church expect people to continue believing in such archaic theology. There's no excuse not to know better by now.
  11. It was a good day for this #catholic #yay #gay
    It was a good day for this #catholic #yay #gay
  12. While other readers felt betrayed by the Church's stance:
  13. if you are going to start changing what you preached to me growing up and not sticking to the bible then you told me nothing but lies and I can not believe in liars.
  14. If the catholic church believe that the word of God is from the bible, then they are contradicting everything they believe in.
  15. Ingrid Cote. Wow. Why stand up for your biblical beliefs anymore? Just go with the popular flow. Ez pezy
  16. What do you think about the Church's statement? Leave your comments below:
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