News agencies reported last week that Catholic leaders had taken down their "welcome all ye gays" shingle.
There was a document that was created weeks ago and released to the media that supported allowing gays to marry in the church/with the churches blessings. Last weeks meetings in the Vatican to ratify the document were spearheaded by Pope Frances. The document was actually written by Monsignor Bruno Forte at the Pope's request. Monsignor Forte is known for supporting those who are in what has come to be known as an "irregular" union -- read, gay marriage.
The current policy allows that "People with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and delicacy."
US based DignityUSA said in a statement at the end of last week: "Unfortunately, today, doctrine won out over pastoral need. It is disappointing that those who recognized the need for a more inclusive Church were defeated."
(It was defeated by a clear margin in a vote. The men voted on what would be considered their doctrine.)
By "inclusive" I am assuming that they mean allowance of gay marriage as church policy.
Marriage between a man and a woman is still taught as the norm by Catholics, and same sex marriage is not acceptable Catholic doctrine -- meaning that gay people may not marry in traditional Catholic settings and they may not take communion. Speaking of, another controversial topic, that of communion being available to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics failed to make the cut to accepted doctrine as well.
The 118-62 vote on what is being called "the gay section" is considered by Catholic liberals to be a protest by progressive bishops who refused to sign off on a watered-down compromise.
The draft presented was considered by Catholic conservatives to represent an overly progressive point of view, one held by a political minority. It should be pointed out again that while Catholic conservatives believe that gay sex is "intrinsically disordered," homosexuals are to be respected. Marriage, however, should only be between a man and woman.
In an unexpected gesture after the voting, Pope Francis approached a group of journalists waiting nearby in press areas to thank them for their work covering the event
"Grazie tante" -- "Thanks to you and your colleagues for the work you have done," the Pope said. "Christ wanted his church to be a house with the door always open to welcome everyone, without excluding anyone."
The bottom line: I believe that these are good men who are doing their best to meet the needs of their church. I appreciate opening up conversations and attempts at appropriate transparency and the effort to respect everyone.
By the same token, I am glad that the LDS church is led by a prophet of God who speaks for him and is able to receive communication from him. The Church is lead by Jesus Christ, and he alone is at the head. I firmly believe this.
I pray that we may be worthy as a people to accept the revelations that He may have ready for us. Even if the revelation is as simple as follow the prophet.