Catholic bishops issue guidelines on gays

Condemn bigotry, accept baptism of gay couples' children
The U.S. Catholic bishops have approved new statements on controversial sexual subjects amid a culture that several bishops noted is not always receptive to traditional church teachings.

In taking up homosexuality, contraception and natural family planning November 14 during their national conference in Washington, D.C., the 300 bishops wanted to “help people in the church respond to the call of holiness,” said Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey.

“To be a Catholic is a challenge, and to be a Catholic requires a certain choice—and these are choices consistent with the gospel of Jesus as handed down through the church,” Serratelli said.

The newly approved documents include guidelines for ministry to gays and lesbians as well as a brochure aimed at young married couples that underscores the church’s stance against contraception.

 

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