Catholic bishops soften stance on divorced parishioners, call for more welcoming church



Catholic bishops soften stance on divorced parishioners, call for more welcoming church 

Pope Francis, who oversaw the gathering, has urged a less judgmental approach to church teachings.

Catholic bishops approved a document Saturday calling for a more welcoming Catholic church for unmarried couples who live together and parishioners who have divorced and remarried.


Conservative bishops had strongly resisted calls by their more liberal counterparts for a more open approach to gays and divorced Catholics, citing church doctrine on sexuality during three weeks of often heated meetings at the Vatican.

The approved document, which is strictly advisory, creates a path for case-by-case exceptions for remarried Catholics receiving Communion and encouraged priests to find “positive elements” in unmarried couples living together — rather than condemn them for living in sin.

Pope Francis, who oversaw the gathering, has urged a less judgmental approach to church teachings.

The three-week meeting of churchmen from five continents, called a synod, revealed serious theological rifts within the church — although the group shied away from addressing any changes on the church’s stance on homosexuality.

The synod covered other family-focused topics, including how the church should encourage families torn by migration, poverty and war to persevere in their faith.

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