Survey: Portuguese Catholics ask for all-inclusive welcoming Church – Portugal

[LEFT]Catholics in Portugal want an inclusive church that does not discriminate against the children of non-traditional families, such as homosexuals, unmarried couples or divorcees, a Vatican-sponsored questionnaire on family-related issues has found, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (CEP) announced on Thursday.

“The cases of families that are not in line with canonical norms are presented as pastoral challenges so that the Church is ever more, like its founder Jesus Christ, welcoming and inclusive, making its way towards the goal of the Christian ideal, with the demand that it be merciful,” according to a document on the survey’s results sent to Lusa by the CEP.

According to the document, the findings were “particularly marked” that “there must not be any kind of discrimination in relation to the children of couples who are not in line with ecclesiastical norms, rather they must receive special attention and welcome that also involves the parents.”

The questionnaire was returned by “a great variety of people” including some non-Catholics, despite its being a complex undertaking comprising dozens of questions, the CEP said. The Lisbon patriarchate alone received more than 13,000 responses, many of them online.

The replies show that people were pleased that ordinary Catholics were being consulted, rather than just the hierarchy, and that the questionnaire dealt “with realism” with “the families of today, just as they are”, according to the CEP.

Interesting, and consistent with what we’ve read elsewhere. While it is impossible for the Church to change her teachings on divorce and homosexuality, I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t possible to present those teachings in a gentler way. I don’t envy the task before our Shepards; it’s well beyond my ability to even think of a solution.

Fine with all the other groups, except homosexuals. Do they mean practising gay people? Honestly!!

Haven’t they heard? We are all inclusive, you just have to leave behind your sins and follow Christ.


What discrimination are they referring to?

Even Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more.”

I think that these days discrimination means not accepting everything that people want to do. :rolleyes:

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