Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trial Balloon Target Practice

It looked for a minute there that the Catholic Church was going to treat gay people with respect and dignity, but apparently the old farts that really run the place put the kibosh on it.

Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships.

In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have “gifts to offer” the Christian community and acknowledged that same-sex couples can give “precious support” to one other.

The statement, an interim report from a closely watched meeting of Catholic clergy here, was widely praised by liberals. It is believed to be the first time the Vatican has said anything positive about gay relationships.

[…]In response to such reactions, the Vatican backtracked a bit Tuesday. In a statement, it said the report on gays and lesbians was a “working document,” not the final word from Rome.

The Vatican also said that it wanted to welcome gays and lesbians in the church, but not create “the impression of a positive evaluation” of same-sex relationships, or, for that matter, of unmarried couples who live together.

Yeah, heaven forbid that the Catholic church would come across as compassionate.  What does that have to do with religion anyway?

One bark on “Trial Balloon Target Practice

  1. The church refuses to change. They won’t accept gay people, won’t allow women to be priests, etc. etc. The Cardinals want to live like kings. This is not the message of Jesus Christ who instructed us to love God and each other.

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