Vatican report addresses homosexuals in the Church

By: Rebecca Turco

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PROVIDENCE – A new Vatican report says the church should be more open about homosexuals attending mass.

The Catholic Church has long said that committing homosexual acts is against the bible’s teachings. But Catholic leaders met at the Vatican Monday to discuss mass for gay people in the Church. From this, a new Vatican report says the Catholic Church should welcome and appreciate gays and lesbians.

Some local Catholics agree with this decision. “I think lesbians and gays should be what they want to be, and straight people should be what they want to be,” said Donald Herzog. “That’s what the Lord wants.”

The report does firmly restate the Church’s position that marriage is between a man and a woman, but it also notes how gay partners can support each other emotionally.

“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” said Budapest Archbishop Peter Erdo. “Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?”

The report pays special attention to kids who live with same-sex couples, emphasizing that the needs of these children must always be a priority. It also offers a solution for divorced and remarried Catholics who want to receive communion.

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