Monday, December 01, 2008

Journalists, our intellectual and moral superiors... Kathy likes to say.

Wow. Way to not bother looking up anything at all, guys.

Good one.

"The Vatican"...right.

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 29 (UPI) --

The Vatican

[errr...who is it exactly, who has issued this command?]

has warned Roman Catholic priests against using language in their parishes that might offend gay and lesbian worshipers.

Priests have been told by their bishops not to assume that every parishioner is heterosexual, The Daily Mail reported Saturday.

"Remember that homophobic jokes and asides can be cruel and hurtful -- a careless word can mean another experience of rejection and pain," bishops said in a memo about how priests can be more welcoming to gays.

Still, some activists say efforts by the Catholic Church to be more tolerant of homosexuality is undercut by Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to gay marriage.

But English gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said the leaflet represents a "positive initiative" that could help gay Catholics and their families, the newspaper reported.

"It's sympathetic, understanding message is a big improvement on the past homophobia of some Catholic pronouncements on homosexuality," he said.

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