U.S. Bishops Adjust Approach to Gay Parishioners

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approves new guidelines for dealing with gay parishioners. The document, titled "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination," continues the church's ban on same-sex marriage, and discourages gay parishioners from making public expressions of their sexuality.

While it does not say that it is a sin to be attracted to someone of the same sex, the new guide calls it a sin to act on those feelings. The conference also upheld the church's strict ban on contraception.



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