A global summit for Catholic bishops to discuss how to welcome young people into the Catholic Church has decided to drop the LGBT acronym from official documents from the Synod on Youth.
The summit took place over the month of October and the final 60-page document was approved on Saturday, October 27.
A working draft of the document, which will make recommendations on how to welcome young people into the church, included the LGBT acronym, making it the first time the acronym had been officially used by the Vatican.
This reference to LGBT+ people has been dropped and the document makes no specific reference to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, opting for terms like “sexual inclination” and “homosexuality”.
This version of section 150, which was to deal with LGBT+ people in the church, was passed by just two votes, making it the slimmest majority of any of the votes on the 167 proposals in the document.
While many bishops from Europe and the US called for more inclusive language in the document to welcome LGBT+ young people into the church, a significant number of bishops from Africa and North America rejected terminology that could be seen to promote inclusion of LGBT+ people or undermine the church’s teachings against homosexuality.
Bishops at the synod also called for more female leadership “at all levels” in the church, saying that women “play an irreplaceable role in Christian communities.”
Earlier this year, Pope Francis told gay clerical abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz that God had made him gay and loved him.
Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País that the Pope said, “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”
But in August, Pope Francis advised parents of gay children to bring them to a psychiatrist.
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