The gifts, good qualities, and contributions of such persons are affirmed—as they should be—and special mention is made, “without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions,” of the “mutual aid to the point of sacrifice” that persons in such unions sometimes offer in support of each other. One sentence in the treatment of the pastoral care of same-sex attracted persons has generated a good deal of confusion—provoking criticism from traditionally minded Catholics and arousing futile hopes among liberals.
It takes the form of a rhetorical question: Are our communities capable of providing that [i.e., providing "homosexuals" a "welcoming home"], accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?
There has been an ‘earthquake,’ a ‘seismic shift.’ Things will never be the same.
The Church now welcomes remarried people to communion, has dropped its objections to homosexual conduct, and denies that homosexual desires are ‘intrinsically disordered.’ Or it’s about to do all of that. He has brought Catholicism into line with the teachings of the Episcopal Church USA, the Unitarian Universalists, and the a document released on Monday as an interim report on discussions occurring at a Vatican synod of bishops (called an “extraordinary” synod because it is preparatory to a larger synod—an “ordinary” synod—that will occur next year) on contemporary challenges to the family.
And so the rightly repeats the Church’s teaching that persons who experience same-sex attraction must be loved and welcomed and never rejected.