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Catholic leaders at synod backtrack on welcoming gays to the church
Catholic leaders at synod backtrack on welcoming gays to the church

A gathering of bishops and cardinals at the Vatican on Saturday backtracked on an interim document released early last week that showed greater openness to homosexuals, suggesting that Pope Francis’ effort to move toward a more inclusive Roman Catholic Church had been blocked for now by conservative prelates. The Vatican issued the draft summary of speeches midway through the two-week synod on family issues, with one section titled “Welcoming homosexual persons.” It stated that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities” and should be offered a “fraternal space” in the church. The draft document showed no shift from Catholicism’s doctrinal...

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