InterAksyon published a report by Reuters on October 14 with a headline that seems cheerful but carefully constructed.
A document circulated on Monday from the Vatican saying that homosexuals have "gifts and qualities" to offer and that more ideal, traditional couples can learn from them. The piece of paper does not revoke the condemnation of homosexual acts (including same-sex marriage), but the report remarks that "it used less judgmental and more compassionate language."
"Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners," according to the document. However, the Church still holds the opinion that same-sex unions are not on equal footing as marriage between a man and a woman.
Roman Catholic gay rights groups saw it as a breakthrough, while conservative groups felt betrayed, even though the Church didn’t actually change its original stance (that homosexuality is not a sin, but homosexual acts are).
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