05 November 2015, The Tablet

A step back, a step forward

Gay and lesbian Catholics followed the synod proceedings from afar. They expected, and got, little. But some see progress in the bishops’ recognition of the need to stay relevant to modern life Fr Bernard LynchGay-rights activistThere was not much expected, or indeed much accomplished, by the synod in relationship to LGBT people. Some, it seems, wanted to get the language used about us changed, but not even this most fundamental Christian gesture could get approval. Imagine if we used such language about racial minorities or Jewish people; we would rightfully be taken to the European Court of Human Rights. The final document not only failed to drop old, bigoted language against gay sex and orientation, it found new words to oppose same-sex marriage, saying that it is not even &ldqu
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