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Vatican Strikes New Tone

...and Only a Tone--on Homosexuality?

A gay revolution at the Vatican would be groundbreaking--especially if it happened at Pope Francis' ongoing Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome. But that would be stretching it.

On Oct. 13, the synod--which brought together over 250 Cardinals and church representatives from around the world--released a document hailed by many as signaling a softer stance toward homosexuality. "Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community," reads one passage of the 58-section report. "Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?"

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