Vatican removes reference to ‘psychiatric help’ for gay kids

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VATICAN CITY (AP) | The Vatican scrubbed from the official transcript of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference a comment that young gay children might seek psychiatric help.

Francis was asked Aug. 26 what he would tell a father whose child comes out as gay. Francis said he would counsel prayer, dialogue and space, but that it depended on the child’s age when this “turmoil” manifested itself.

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Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

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NEW YORK (AP)| Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that they are believed to be numerous and few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibacy.

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Young people to Vatican: Let’s talk about gay and gender issues

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VATCAN CITY (AP) — Young people have told the Vatican in a survey that they want the church to concretely discuss gay and gender issues.

The Vatican had solicited input from the young regardless of their religious views to help prepare for a gathering of bishops in Rome in October. The month-long gathering will be held to better understand how to pastorally care for Catholic youths among its worldwide flock.

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Pope to gay sex abuse victim: ‘God loves you’

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ABOVE: Juan Carlos Cruz is a gay man from Chile who met with Pope Francis earlier this month at the Vatican. Rev. Fernando Karadima, a former priest at a parish in the Chilean capital of Santiago, sexually abused Cruz and hundreds of other boys and young men over more than three decades. (Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos Cruz)

A gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a priest said Pope Francis told him earlier this month that God “loves you.”

Juan Carlos Cruz and two other victims of Rev. Fernando Karadima — José Murillo and James Hamilton — met with Francis at the Vatican.

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LGBTQ community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their meetings at the Vatican. Cruz was the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, and met last month with Francis to discuss it.

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Allegations about 40 gay priests in Italy sent to Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.

In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because “there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”

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New book alleges gay sex in Vatican dorm, shady banking

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ROME (AP) – The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary.

Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Original Sin” went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi said his lawyers had hand-delivered a copy to the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, saying at least one of the seminarians was a minor at the time of the alleged escapades.

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Pope overhauls key institute to reflect his vision of family

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ROME (AP) – Pope Francis has overhauled the Vatican institute most closely associated with the conservative sexual morals promoted by St. John Paul II, saying it was necessary to adapt and expand its mission to address the reality of today’s Catholics.

Officials said Sept. 19 the revamped John Paul II Theological Institute for the Marriage and Family Sciences will include courses in all social sciences – sociology, anthropology, psychology – as well as biology, reflecting a vision of the family that goes well beyond theology.

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Pope accepts resignation from Canadian bishop who opposed LGBTQ school rules

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of a Canadian bishop who came under fire in Calgary for opposing LGBTQ guidelines for public schools.

The Vatican’s one-sentence announcement Jan. 4 about Bishop Frederick Henry’s departure made no mention of the controversy in Canada. At 73, Henry is two years younger than the age at which bishops must offer the pope their resignation.

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Gay priest who was fired by Vatican is suspended from Polish church

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish priest who lost his job at the Vatican earlier this month after revealing that he is gay and has a boyfriend was indefinitely suspended Oct. 21 by the church in Poland from performing the functions of a priest.

Rev. Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, came out as gay and criticized the Vatican for its approach to homosexuality on the eve of a major meeting of world bishops in Rome. The Vatican immediately fired him from his job with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and his local bishop in Poland, which is predominantly Roman Catholic, called on him to return to proper priestly behavior.

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Pope begs forgiveness for scandals hitting Rome, the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Oct. 14 for recent scandals that have hit Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of reassuring his flock.

Francis didn’t cite examples in his off-the-cuff request for pardon at the start of his general audience. It was met with subdued applause afterward. However, the past week has seen its fair share of headline-making news that has involved the church in one way or another.

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Vatican says Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis was not a form of support

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Oct. 2 distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the U.S., saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in Washington and that their encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position.”

After days of confusion, the Vatican issued a statement Oct. 2 clarifying the circumstances of Francis’ Sept. 24 encounter with Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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