On Thursday, the Vatican unveiled a planning paper, called an Instrumentum Laboralis, for a worldwide conference of bishops in October with an unexpected recommendation: allowing children of same-sex couples to get baptized.
When it comes to adoption by same-sex couples, most church officials are “opposed to legislation which would allow the adoption of children by persons in a same-sex union, because they see a risk to the integral good of the child,” reads the document. “However, when people living in such unions request a child’s baptism, almost all the responses emphasize that the child must be received with the same care, tenderness and concern which is given to other children.”
What does this mean? Francis has previously signaled his willingness to consider gay clergy, but this document, a synthesis of previous discussions held at earlier bishops’ conferences, makes it very clear that at the heart of the Catholic Church, “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”
Still, it reminds clergy members that LGBT members “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”…”