posted at 07:50
Author Name: Jean-Louis DE LA VAISSIERE
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Churchs gays decision
Opponents "Prevailed, ignoring Pope Francis' message of inclusion and respect, and fundamentally rejecting the voices and lives of Catholics," she said. The outcome of the synod was widely seen as a setback for the 77-year-old pope, but papal biographer Marco Politi said: "It was the opposite of a defeat." Writing in the left-wing paper Il Fatto Quotidiano, Politi said: "The pope got the synod to open up to talking about subjects that were taboo." The full document, including the contentious paragraphs that failed to garner the necessary support of two-thirds of the bishops, was made public at the pope's request in what another analyst called "a decisive move". Rather than suffering a setback, "On the contrary, the pope is moving forward," Vecchi said. "The truth is that the pope himself wanted a true, frank, free discussion as has never happened before.... the entire document... is an exercise in transparency." Burke has strongly criticised the pope's attempt to shift the church to the left, saying: "The pope is not free to change the Church's teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith." The results will be handed to the Argentinian pope, who will have the final say in outlining the Church's stance on family matters.

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