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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:16 AM
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Gay Couples' Adopted Kids Me Be Baptized, Catholic Draft Says
Um, wow. Way to show god's love there. I bet Jesus is so proud.

Children adopted by gay couples may be baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, even though the church does not support such adoptions, calling them "a pastoral concern," according to new guidelines for ministering to gay men and lesbians that will be presented to U.S. bishops next month in Baltimore.

The 23-page draft document affirms traditional church teachings on same-sex issues, such as forbidding the blessing of same-sex unions or marriages, and addresses some relatively new issues, such as discrimination against and harassment of gay men and lesbians.

The document, "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care," marks the first time in nearly 10 years that U.S. bishops have addressed such ministry in detail. Bishops will debate and vote on the guidelines at their annual fall meeting, Nov. 13 to 16, in Baltimore.

An early draft of the guidelines welcomes celibate gay men and lesbians to take part in parish life while asserting the church's "right to deny roles of service to those whose behavior violates her teaching." Public announcements of one's sexual orientation "are not helpful and should not be encouraged," the draft cautions, and it says church ministers must not bless same-sex unions or marriages or promote them in any way.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:18 AM
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1. Gutless hypocrites.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:20 AM
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2. Well, their position has always been that children are saintly
and innocent, except for that original sin thing that baptism is supposed to remove. Plus, it's a way to boost their numbers, baptizing babies who have no say in the matter.

What I want to see now is how they justify their idiotically rabid position against abortion now that they've done away with Limbo and given dead babies a ticket to heaven, original sin and all.
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Solo_in_MD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:22 AM
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3. Its more a case of not witholding sacrements from the children
who are not responsible for the action of their parents
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:24 AM
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4. How do they know the kids didn't turn their parents gay?
I mean, they could have started off reading Harry Potter books... and then playing Dungeons & Dragons... joined a Satanic cult... and cast a Gayness hex upon their parents.

Unbaptized children are evil!
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Solo_in_MD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:40 PM
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8. Catholics do infant baptism
so unless the babies were possessed...
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:27 AM
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5. Why would any G/L parent want to?
Really, considering the vitriol the Catholic Church has shown toward GLBTs and how sleazy the CC was in trying to overturn SSM after the MA decision.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:44 AM
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6. Same reasons why tons of liberal Catholics keep supporting the institution.
I dunno, I equate it to saying you're a Democrat but devoting time and money to the Republican party.
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:53 PM
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9. Good analogy. Life isn't supposed to make sense I guess. eom
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:15 PM
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7. To be fair, the Catholic Church has been extremely supportive of
man/boy relationships.

:sarcasm:
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