The Bishops Have ALWAYS Said That: Don't believe everything you read about the synod

A quick tour of recent headlines regarding the Synod . . . in which we see that folks are, as usual, flipping the flip out over nothing new.

The Globe and Mail: Bishops say homosexuals should be accepted by the Catholic church

Pope Benedict, from then-Cardinal Ratzinger's Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality in 1986: "The Bishops have the particularly grave responsibility to see to it that their assistants in the ministry, above all the priests, are rightly informed and personally disposed to bring the teaching of the Church in its integrity to everyone.”

USA Today: Roman Catholic bishops in Vatican City demonstrated unprecedented tolerance toward gays, acknowledging in a newly released document that same-sex partnerships have merit.

Actual Synod document: "The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. . . . 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. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority."

...................... Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2358: "The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."


ThinkProgress: A Pastoral Earthquake, Catholic church proposes extraordinary shift on gays and lesbians

The "Pastoral Earthquake" quote comes from . . . wait for it . . . a GUY with a BLOG who said it. Think Progress is quoting a guy with a blog who read the document.

Hey! I've got a blog! I read the document! Quote me!

Here's one: Worry not. I have it on good authority that the gates of hell won't prevail against us.

Simma down now everybody. Simma down.

You can read the text of the document for yourself here:

And this is a REALLY good explanation of what is NOT happening here by George Weigel (maybe you've heard of him ?):