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Catholics, Africans, gays and the race card
Catholics, Africans, gays and the race card

The Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops that ended over the weekend was a remarkable exercise in transparency, with liberal and conservative prelates openly sparring over whether the church should adopt a more welcoming approach to gays and to Catholics who divorced and remarried. In the end, the assembly watered down language in the section about ministering to people with “homosexual orientation.” Neither that part of the final report nor a recommendation that the church study admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion received a two-thirds majority. The intra-ecclesiatical dispute included a fascinating sideshow in which conservatives accused liberals...

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