ROME — Controversy is stirring over a document released by a meeting of international bishops of the Roman Catholic religion who are spending two weeks at the Vatican to discuss marriage and family issues. While the document may undergo further adjustments in its language surrounding issues such as homosexuality, cohabitation and divorce, the first proposed version asserts that Roman Catholics should welcome and accept those practicing homosexuality.
“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?” it reads. “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?”
While retaining its belief that homosexual behavior is a sin, many view the document as seeking to be more “inclusive” of those whose lifestyles run counter to Scripture.
“Without denying the moral problems associated with homosexual unions, there are instances where mutual assistance to the point of sacrifice is a valuable support in the life of these persons,” it continues. “Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to children who live with same-sex couples and stresses that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.”
Written by Heather Clark
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