By Philip Pullella. Francis presided at a solemn Mass in St. But the run-up to the synod, attended by some bishops and other delegates, has been dominated by gay issues. On the eve of the gathering, the Vatican dismissed a Polish priest from his Holy See job after he came out as gay and called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity. Francis dedicated one third of his homily to the topic of love between man and woman and its role in procreation. The leader of the 1.
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In Vatican and Rome alike, slow progress on gay rights
Catholic Church can't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin," Vatican says - CBS News
March 15 UPI -- The Vatican said Monday that Roman Catholic priests and other ministers within the church cannot bless same-sex unions in lieu of traditional marriages. The church acknowledged "positive elements" of same-sex relationships but said the unions are "not ordered to the plan of the creator. Pope Francis agreed with the church's degree. The Vatican pointed to an apostolic address in which the pope said there is no "foundation for assimilating or establishing analogies" between same-sex unions and "God's plan for marriage and family. Many Catholics of the gay community had hoped Francis would change church law to be more inclusive. In , Pope Francis apologized to the gay community and other marginalized groups who have been offended or exploited by the church and he said in a recent documentary that civil unions should be "legally covered.
United Methodist Church Announces Proposal to Split Over Gay Marriage
Tim Schraeder, an openly gay Christian and the co-founder of Church Clarity, said his organization chose megachurches churches for this new report, because, "We know people look to these churches for influence. In order to identify which churches to include in the report, Schraeder said his organization turned to Outreach Magazine's popular annual list of America's largest churches. Most of the churches are nondenominational Evangelical, but all of them have more than 5, weekly attendees, with the largest, Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, having more than 40, In order to assess how LGBTQ-affirming these megachurches are, Schraeder and his team culled information from the churches' official statements, information found on their websites and church sermons. While none were found to be affirming, they were varied in their transparency regarding their LGBTQ policies.
Before his election as Pope , Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio strongly opposed same-sex marriage  and the same-sex marriage bill that Argentina senate debated in We must be brothers. Those who act on their homosexuality are in direct conflict with Christian teaching. In the documentary Francesco , which was released in October , Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions.