for those who don’t immediately claw out their eyeballs upon reading the word “Synod”:
Is there a place for gay people in the Catholic Church?
This month, 253 Catholic leaders, including heads of national bishops’ conferences, heads of the Eastern Catholic churches and lay married couples, met at the Vatican to discuss how the church can better support and guide families.
This first meeting of the “Extraordinary Synod on the Family” discussed tough issues like cohabitation and divorce. It also treated gay people as family members, not just political problems.
Unfortunately, this openness divided the church — or exposed divisions that were already there.