Vatican says bishops should be led by pope on family

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican urged bishops on Dec. 9 to be guided by Pope Francis and the “turning point” of a recent meeting on family issues that sought to provide better pastoral care for gay and divorced Catholics and those living in civil unions.

The Vatican just sent a new questionnaire to bishops’ conferences around the world seeking input on a host of family issues. Their responses will help form the basis of debate for the next stage of Francis’ agenda: A big October meeting of top churchmen who will make final recommendations to Francis about how the Catholic Church can better tend to its families.

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10.23.14 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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To be upfront, I am not Catholic, nor have I ever put much stock into what the Church had to say about most things—except when it came to exorcism scenes in scary movies.

The Church, in my view, is an outdated, chauvinistic club where old guys go to hang out together, put on fabulous outfits and point a judgmental finger at the rest of the world. The more the media gives the club attention, the more sway it seems to have over both the important and trivial things in our lives.

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Notre Dame to hold ‘Gay in Christ’ conference

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is holding a two-day conference to explore appropriate pastoral strategies for parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual but accept Catholic Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

The conference that begins Oct. 31 and is dubbed “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity.” It’s being co-sponsored by the university’s Institute for Church Life and the Gender Relations Center. Institute Director John Cavadini says the conference should resonate with much of the discussion of the Catholic bishops who assembled last week for their synod in Rome.

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Conflict soars over Vatican gay shift

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — A fight for the soul of the Catholic Church has broken out, and the first battlefield is a document on family values that pits increasingly alarmed conservatives against more progressive bishops emboldened by Pope Francis’ vision of a church that is more merciful than moralistic.

On Oct. 14, conservative bishops distanced themselves from the document’s unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced Catholics, calling it an “unacceptable” deviation from church teaching that doesn’t reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version.

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