Following protests from conservative bishops, the Vatican has backtracked on reports earlier this week that it had planned to be “welcoming to homosexual persons.”
The Relatio post disceptationem report from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family faced a severe backlash from conservatives, some of whom accused the leadership of the conference of misrepresenting the proceedings to advance its agenda. The section on homosexuality was especially divisive because it was the first Vatican document that reflected Pope Francis’ earlier announcement that he would take a nonjudgmental approach to homosexuality.
Homophobic American Cardinal Raymond Burke [pictured below] who chairs the Vatican’s highest court of canon law – and in 2010 said that discrimination against LGBT people is “perfectly just and good” – has been one of the most outspoken critics of the report. He said “the document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium” and accused the bishops leading the meeting of advancing “positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept.”
Following the conservative backlash, Vatican leaders stressed that “welcoming homosexual persons” is not an official declaration of the synod. The less inclusive phrase “providing for homosexual persons” has now been substituted.
Notably, the revision is in English translation only – the published Italian, Spanish and French translations have not been changed and still use language meaning "welcoming homosexual persons."
Watch Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi discuss the new translation, AFTER THE JUMP…