Roman Catholic

Conservative Bishops Push Back Against Possible Change in Tone About Gays

Pope wants to be more accepting


A number of conservative bishops around the world are beginning to push back as Pope Francis tries to reshape the pastoral tenor of the Roman Catholic Church, attempting to bring a more inclusive and accepting ethos to the globe's 1.2 billion Catholics.

On Monday, in a mid-meeting report of the debates under way at a gathering of bishops in Rome, the pope's ongoing efforts to change the Catholic Church were again made resoundingly clear.

The report, called a "relatio post disceptationem," or "report after debate," has caused a sensation as many have hailed its unprecedented shift in tone about the nature of gay relationships, cohabitation before marriage, and remarriage after divorce.