Heading into 2015 Pope Francis wants to take steps to open his arms to gays and divorcees...
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BUENOS AIRES-- Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must do more to welcome divorced and gay Catholics, acknowledging the positive aspects of open dissent within the church over those topics.
"Resistance is now evident," he added, "and that is a good sign for me...It's healthy to get things out into the open."
Of the divorced, the Pope said, "Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do...Thus, let us open the doors a bit more."
The Pope referred to a synod of bishops in Rome in October, which discussed problems affecting Catholic families, including divorce and gay unions, provoking sharp disagreement. One bloc of bishops called for open support of gay couples and a return of sacramental benefits to divorced Catholics; their interests were criticized by more tradition-minded bishops, and gave rise to suggestions the church would significantly revise its policies.
In the interview, the Pope noted the synod never discussed gay marriage, which the church continues to oppose, but said the next bishop's synod, in October 2015 must address ways to serve "a family that has a homosexual son or daughter...(and consider) how can they raise him or her."