Vatican officials told a news conference that a call for more inclusive language for gays in the Catholic Church was made in the first two rounds of interventions at the closed-door synod.
The calls by over half a dozen bishops for more inclusive language on homosexuals stood out because conservative clerics made sure an interim report at a preliminary meeting last year deleted a passage they thought was too welcoming to gays.
Father Tom Rosica said in reviewing some of the interventions remarked that the bishops said there must be an end to exclusionary language and there be a great importance on embracing reality as it is. “We should not be afraid of new and complex situations,”
The synod was told Catholics should stop using patronizing expressions such as “pity” toward homosexuals. The bishops also said they need to find ways to embrace them as sons and daughters of the Church.