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Pope Francis Asks Bishops: How Can the Church Help Same-Sex Couples?


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Kit
- 265 days ago - rawstory.com
The Vatican on Tuesday launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of Pope Francis's efforts to reform the Catholic Church.



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Kit B. (277)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 10:28 am
Photo and Article from Agence France-Presse AFP and reprinted in Raw Story.


The Vatican on Tuesday launched an unprecedented worldwide consultation on the new realities of family life including gay marriage as part of Pope Francis’s efforts to reform the Catholic Church.

A questionnaire has been sent to bishops around the world asking them for detailed information about the “many new situations requiring the Church’s attention and pastoral care”.

“Concerns which were unheard of until a few years ago have arisen today as a result of different situations, from the widespread practice of cohabitation… to same-sex unions,” it said.

The 39 questions are unusual because of their non-judgemental, practical nature in what could be a signal of greater openness and increased pastoral care regardless of a believer’s background.

Referring to gay couples, one questions asks: “What pastoral attention can be given to people who have chosen to live in these types of union?”

“In the case of unions of persons of the same sex who have adopted children, what can be done pastorally in light of transmitting the faith?”

On remarried divorcees, who under the current rules are not allowed to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic church, the questionnaire asks: “Do they feel marginalised or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments?”

On divorce and separated couples in general, it asks: “How do you deal with this situation in appropriate pastoral programmes?”

The initiative is part of preparations for a synod of bishops next year and another in 2015 that the Vatican said will formulate “working guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family”.






Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the synod of bishops, told reporters that the meeting’s theme “reflects very well the pastoral zeal with which the Holy Father wishes to approach the proclamation of the Gospel to the family in today’s world”.

He said the consultation also showed Francis, who has said the Catholic Church is too “Vatican-centric”, wanted more “collegiality”.

Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, referred in particular to the increase in cohabiting Catholic couples who do not intend to marry, saying “the phenomenon requires a deepened reflection.”

Pope Francis has shown a more open style since being elected in March and a desire to bring the Catholic Church more in touch with the lives of ordinary people, although experts say he is unlikely to bring about major changes in doctrine.

Francis has said priests should baptise children even when the parents are not married and, when asked recently about his views on gays, he replied: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
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Arielle S. (316)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:15 am
What a marvelously novel idea! Instead of handing down declarations, to ask for input! Amazing...
 

AniMae Chi (393)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:33 am
WOW!
Tolerance from the church, BEAUTIFUL!
 

Roseann D. (178)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:40 am
WOW, finally a Church Leader with relevancy....peace, tolerance and compassion per Christ's teachings!
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 12:04 pm

I would feel remiss to not mention that I keep waiting for the other foot to fall. So far this man is a true progressive and trying to drag the church out of the middle ages, I wish him all the best.
 

Carrie B. (304)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 1:02 pm
Pope Francis is the Pope Catholics have been waiting for, but I truly fear for him. Too many in the Church hierarchy don't like his agenda. Makes me think if the Pope in Godfather III.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 1:06 pm

Or John Paul and that sudden death from his morning coffee. No, we don't know what caused his death, there was no autopsy, which in itself is curious at best.
 

Michela m. (3815)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:01 pm
Pope Francis has shown a more open style since being elected in March and a desire to bring the Catholic Church more in touch with the lives of ordinary people, although experts say he is unlikely to bring about major changes in doctrine.

Francis has said priests should baptise children even when the parents are not married and, when asked recently about his views on gays, he replied: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
 

Michela m. (3815)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:22 pm
I like "Francis / Francesco" as he defines himself!!!
My father's sister from Catania, Sicily, sent him one of her Poetries & informed me that she was doing so, because she knows I write Poetries, I said that poetry was nice but I said "I don't think you are going to wait for a response from .... the Pope....(!!)"
Well, last month my "zia Maria" from Sicily called me: "Michela... the Pope ANSWERED!!!! She was excited... He sent her a photograph with his message written by hand saying "from Francesco" ...
No mention of POPE Francesco!!!!!!
Moreover, I noticed that he speaks using "the first person" form, i.e.: "I am...! instead of "WE are", the so-called "Plurale Majestatis" by which ALL the previous Popes used to speak......

In the previous comment, e.g.: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who
am I to judge?”
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:28 pm
When churches are silent or condemning of things happening in their people's lives instead of loving and supportive and nurturing people do not find welcome or relevance. Such changes don't come easily especially if it is perceived as giving up power or control.
 

Laurie H. (693)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:14 pm
Times & attitudes are indeed changing. With this wonderful Pope, there is more hope alive for progressive thinking & actions to be seen for the future.~~
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 10:50 pm
noted
 

John S. (297)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 12:56 am
I'm not certain you understand the questionnaire or pastoral care: “What pastoral attention can be given to people who have chosen to live in these types of union?” "What pastoral attention can be given to people who have chosen to live in these types of union?” and "On divorce and separated couples in general, it asks: “How do you deal with this situation in appropriate pastoral programmes?” (divorced is not annulment). He's asking for suggestions for how to handle responses to what is happening, not why they should approve of the actions and change the teachings. It's like someone admitting in confession that they killed someone, but as they are a hit man it will happen again - the resolution to avoid committing these sins in the future (amendment) is a sure sign that your sorrow is genuine and authentic.
 

Kit B. (277)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:50 am

John, did you miss this? "Francis has said priests should baptise children even when the parents are not married and, when asked recently about his views on gays, he replied: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” "

That is a most divergent path from past Popes. Francis seeks to understand and embrace people and not condemn.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:28 am
noted
 

Many Feathers (130)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:46 am
wow, i like this Pope 's positive approach and energy
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:41 am
MMMMMMM.....why am I so suspicious of this ''glaznost?"
 

Christine Huff (38)
Friday November 8, 2013, 8:34 am
Finally, a Pope that I like!!!!!!!!!
 

Thomas P. (468)
Monday November 11, 2013, 4:05 pm
Thanks Kit. It seems that many of those that are suspicious and/or critical of this Pope are either ignorant of his message and ways and/or intolerant of Catholicism. Those of us who are Roman Catholic, and those who aren't but have studied Catholicism and its history (which includes so much good done in addition to some very horrific things done by some rogue priests and those in the hierarchy that protected them) know that what he is saying and proposing are RADICAL departures from what has gone on for so long, especially the extreme right wing agenda of the US Catholic Bishops (which, by the way, does not reflect what goes on in the rest of the world with respect to Catholicism). Those of us who have been so disillusioned and disappointed by the tone of the US Catholic Bishops are so heartened by his message. I'm not sure when anybody has heard another Pope speak this frankly and this admonishingly to the Cardinals, Bishops and to Priests who judge the laity and those from other religions (or atheists), Priests who have personal wealth and flaunt it, and Priests who refuse to step out of their comfort zone, but it has NEVER happened in my lifetime, albeit that encompasses only about 40 years. Still, this Pope Francisco is making a difference...a huge one. And he has a following (particularly in Latin America and Europe) like no other Pope in my lifetime, especially among the young...the future of Catholicism. He has a chance to effect real, progressive change in Roman Catholicism, and that in and of itself is big news. He is absolutely in touch with those of us in the majority of the laity. And if there are those conservative Catholics who feel left out by his message, well, I say so be it. They may make up a majority of the hierarchy, but a very small minority of Roman Catholics in general (both in the US and abroad, but especially abroad, where the vast majority of the world's 1.1+ billion Catholics live).The conservative Catholics should try and understand how the vast majority of us (the laity) have felt when they tried to take a message of inclusion and acceptance of all and turn it into a religion of the cultural, economic, and spiritual elite.
 
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