Catholic Church expresses openness to gay parishioners: They 'have gifts to offer to the Christian community'

October 14, 2014 1:23 AM

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Catholic Church expresses openness to gay parishioners: They 'have gifts to offer to the Christian community'

LGBT organizations praised a document penned at the Vatican as a ‘seismic shift’ in the church’s stance on gay parishioners. In it, church leaders made the bold declaration that has upset some conservative Catholics in the U.S. and elsewhere, who denounced the statement as a ‘betrayal’ of the faith.

Gay rights groups hailed the Catholic Church Monday after a groundbreaking declaration from Rome signaled a new openness toward same-sex couples.

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