Bishops reaffirm traditional Catholic positions on homosexuality
BALTIMORE — Catholic bishops on Nov. 14 approved three documents hammering home essential Catholic doctrines on sexuality and the Holy Communion, repeating basic church teachings that broke no new doctrinal ground.
The documents, worded to not stir up conflicts, provided guidance for the pastoral care of homosexuals, explained the church’s continued ban on artificial contraception and outlined how Catholics should receive Holy Communion.
“We’ve a responsibility to teach people about these things that are difficult for them because of the culture,” Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said during the bishops’ annual fall business meeting at the Waterfront Marriott.
“We have not been clear enough or effective enough as teachers,” he added.
The “Ministry to Persons with a Homo- sexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care” avoided endorsing any therapy geared to change homosexuals’ orientation, but it called the orientation “disordered.”
The document lumped in homosexuality with other sexual acts, such as adultery, for-
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Republicans say they wouldn’t be surprised to see another famous face called to testify on Capitol Hill: former Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat whose summer film “An Inconvenient Truth” explores climate change.
Rep.ChrisVanHollen,Maryland Democrat, said on Nov. 14 that Congressmustconfrontglobalwarming. “It’s a big issue that has been swept under the rug,” he said.
Mrs.Boxerhassaidglobalwarming “could reshape the world as we know it.”
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One Republican staffer predicted that global warming hearings “will be more PR than policy” and are designed to play to the Democratic base.
On the House side, Democrats plan to push hearings on global warming and air quality.
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Rep. Richard W. Pombo, California Republican and chairman of that panel, lost his re-election bid on Nov. 7.
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