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Vatican sets stage for family debate with working document

Vatican document on family tackles gays, divorcees ahead of October synod but breaks no ground

Vatican sets stage for family debate with working document

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has set the stage for another round of debate on hot-button issues like gays, divorced Catholics and unmarried couples living together by publishing the working document for its upcoming meeting on family issues.

The document released Tuesday breaks no new ground on key issues, though it offers some nuances. It says there's "common agreement" among a broad array of Catholics about the need to offer divorced and civilly remarried Catholics a path of reconciliation to better integrate them into the life of the church, but stresses they can only receive Communion if they refrain from sex.

It says gays should be respected and welcomed, as church teaching requires, but goes no further. It considers couples who live together not as sinners but as potential candidates for church marriage.

Updated : 2021-11-29 11:56 GMT+08:00