In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.
John Thavis, Vatican expert and author of the bestselling 2013 book “The Vatican Diaries”, called the document “an earthquake” in the Church’s attitude towards gays.
"The document clearly reflects Pope Francis’ desire to adopt a more merciful pastoral approach on marriage and family issues," he said.
Pope Francis has said the Church must be more compassionate with homosexuals, saying last year: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge.”
The document also showed considerable opening to heterosexual couples who were married only in civil services or who were living together, mentioning “positive aspects” of such unions, especially if the couple saw them as a prelude to marriage in the Church.
While Church marriages clearly were “the ideal” for Catholics, it said, there were “constructive elements in those situations that do not yet or no longer correspond to that ideal”.
If a two thousand year old establishment is capable of showing a more liberal and open approach to ‘love’, I hope some Lithuanians can find courage to do the same.
Source: Huffington Post