Catholic church dropped the LGBT acronym from documents amid the backlash

This photograph taken on February 14, 2017 shows Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye (2nd L) performing Rite of Dedication at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd 120th anniversary in Singapore. Singapore's oldest Roman Catholic church was built by Father Jean-Marie Beurel in 1847 and underwent extensive restoration and redevelopment works from 2013 to 2016. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Catholic Church has dropped the acronym LGBT from an official document discussing recommendations accepting the youth, in part Catholic youth, in the church. The Synod on Youth—a global summit for Catholic bishops—took place over the month of October, with a final 60-page document approved on October 27th. The working draft of the document had included the LGBT acronym, that was a historic step of the LGBT inclusion in the church. However, the final publication does not use the initialism or any words represented by the letters of the acronym, using only the word ‘homosexuality’. A number of young people were allowed to sit in and speak at the meeting, which was held as the Catholic Church is embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal, but banned from voting. According to Religion News Service, the document’s watered down Section 150 on LGBT+ people was passed by just two votes—making it the slimmest majority of any of the votes on the 167 proposals in the publication.


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