The Catholic Church has signaled that′s
ready to make an about turn on its view on homosexuality.
A preliminary report from an assembly of bishops at the Vatican opens the door for a greater
acceptance of gays and lesbians. Sohn Jung-in has more.
It is being described as a striking shift in tone by the Catholic Church regarding gays
and lesbians. Following a week-long, closed-door meeting,
the Vatican released a preliminary report Monday, which showed an unprecedented openness
to accepting the relationships of same-sex couples.
It said they had gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community.
While no doctrinal changes in the Church′s condemnation of homosexual acts or gay marriage
were proposed, the report said it should recognize the positive aspects of civil unions and couples
who co-habit. The document summarizes the ongoing debate
between Pope Francis and 200 bishops on traditionally controversial issues such as divorce, birth
control and homosexuality. Bishops said although Catholicism does not
support same-sex marriage, they must find ways to make gay people feel included.
It′s language that is less judgmental and more compassionate than previous statements
under different popes. Roman Catholic gay rights groups around the
world hailed the review, describing it as a breakthrough and a major step forward,….
while conservatives within the church rejected it, calling it a betrayal of traditional family
values. With the basis of the preliminary document,
the bishops′ assembly is due to continue this week with a final draft expected to be
issued on Saturday. Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.