Catholic bishops revise document on gays
VATICAN CITY (AP):
Catholic bishops yesterday approved a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage, and divorce, saying the report was a "balanced" reflection of church teaching and pastoral needs.
The final report of the two-week meeting of bishops was rewritten to incorporate amendments to a draft released earlier, which had shown an unprecedented openness towards gays and Catholics who live together without being married.
Conservatives had harshly criticised the draft and proposed extensive revisions to restate church doctrine, which holds that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered", but that gays themselves are to be respected, and that marriage is only between a man and woman.
Bishops filed out of the Vatican audience hall after sunset saying the text had passed. They said the document was "balanced", "positive", and "open."
At the same time, though, some hot-button issues weren't settled and will be put off for further discussion. The bishops will meet again next year to close out the debate.