Vatican Shifts on Lesbians & Gays

christianitycrossThe Vatican has proposed a refreshingly positive take on gays in the church, stating that gays have ‘gifts and talents to offer the Christian community.’

ROME (CNN) – Using strikingly open language, a new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays, and offers a solution for divorced and remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion.

“Regarding homosexuals, it went so far as to pose the question whether the church could accept and value their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine,” said John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service.

The Rev. James Martin, an author and Jesuit priest, called the report’s language on gays and lesbians “revolutionary.” “This is a stunning change in the way that the Catholic Church speaks about gay people.”

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