By Troy Espera, 247Gay.com
The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops adopted new guidelines for ministering to gays Tuesday that are meant to be welcoming, while also telling gays to be celibate because the church considers their sexuality “disordered,” reports the Associated Press.
Gay Catholic activists told the AP that the approach was so contorted and flawed that it would alienate the people it was trying to reach.
The statement, “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination,” was adopted by a 194-37 vote, with one abstention, at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Anyone who persists in sinful behavior, such as gay sex or using artificial birth control, should refrain from taking Communion, the bishops said to the AP.
“To be a Catholic is a challenge,” said Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the bishops' doctrine committee, reports the AP. “To be a Catholic requires a certain choice...”click "source" to continue.