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Some Say It Is the Equivalent of a Seismic Shift; Others Call It An Earthquake. OneWorld says it is a welcome act of leadership. More Christian leaders need to speak out about seeing other human beings as people first. These are some of the responses to today's NPR and New York Times Reports listed below:
Vatican Report Expresses More Tolerance For Gays, Unmarried Couples
by Chris Hopkins - October 13, 201410:02 PM ET
Maybe Pope Francis Is Simply Demonstrating Christian Love As God Commanded
Halfway through a two-week assembly on family issues for Catholic bishops, the Vatican has released a report that's unusually conciliatory toward gays and non-marital ..., both long considered contrary to church doctrine.
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli notes that while the report reflects Pope Francis's call for a more merciful church, it does not constitute any change or decision regarding the church's official stances on homosexual acts or gay marriage. Still one Vatican analyst did describe the report as a "pastoral earthquake."
In its report the New York Times says: At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce
VATICAN CITY — In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families.
The bishops’ report, issued midway through a landmark two-week meeting, does not change church doctrine or teaching, and will now be subjected to fierce debate and revision at the assembly.
But it is the first signal that the institutional church may follow the direction Francis has set in the first 18 months of his papacy, away from condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness and mercy. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/world/europe/vatican-signals-more...?
On Sept 19, 2014, the Pope said the Church Is ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion and Birth Control
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