Vatican Meeting Endorses Women at Decision-making Table

Vatican Meeting Endorses Women at Decision-making Table

Many credited the presence of 34 auditors between the ages of 18 and 29.In accordance with Francis' vision of a bottom-up church, the document calls for young people to take on leadership roles within their Catholic communities and dioceses, working alongside, and not under, priests and bishops to build stronger church networks.One concrete suggestion in the document was the establishment of an global advisory board of young people.In a letter written to the pope, and read to him Friday evening during an impromptu variety show, the 34 youths who participated in the synod told Francis they shared his vision for "an outgoing church, open to all, especially the weakest, a field hospital church."A version of this article appears in print on, on Page A14 of the NY edition with the headline: In Document, Bishops Urge Further Input From Women".

The Church teaches that having homosexual urges is not sinful but people must not act on them.

Pope Francis has wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying the Catholic Church is being "persecuted" and "dirtied" by accusations - an apparent reference to the clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

All three issues were among the subjects debated at the gathering, officially titled "Young People, Faith and Discernment of Vocation" and attended by some 300 bishops, priests, nuns and lay participants. None of the women had the right to vote on the final document.

"The absence of the female voice and gaze impoverishes the church", the document's authors said, and they recommended "making everyone more aware of the urgency of an inextricable change".

It points to the need for a presence in the digital world and for involving young people more broadly in the decision-making processes of the Church, including at the Vatican, as well as encouraging their involvement in politics, the economy and for justice.

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Church teaching that all people are called to chastity and to refraining from sexual relations outside the bond of marriage between a man and a woman must be presented clearly, but not with a judgmental attitude, it added.

The paragraph, listed under "Sexuality: A Clear, Liberating, Authentic Word", passed by the required two-thirds, but received the fewest favorable votes - 178 - while 65 bishops voted against it. While the term was rejected for the final document, the delegates voted to not scrap that initial text but to consider it "complementary", suggesting that the LGBT term lives on in an official way. "We moved on to the next issue and didn't talk about it again", the bishop said."The conservatives later joined the fray by demanding a reminder of church morals", he said. Thirty bishops voted against it.

The bishops thanked victims for their courage in denouncing their abuse and said confronting the problem with necessary sanctions and actions "could truly be an opportunity for epochal reform".

But Francis had very different message when he addressed the synod after the text was approved.

Francis removed the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, as a cardinal in July after a US church investigation determined an accusation he molested a teen-age altar boy was credible. But Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has claimed that Francis had previously rehabilitated McCarrick from restrictions placed on him by the previous pope.

The emphasis on the church listening to young people also led to an emphasis on the church listening to all people - including women - renewing communities and structures for a "synodal church" where all members listen to, support and challenge one another and share responsibility for the church's one mission of spreading the Gospel.

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