Local gay and lesbian Catholics say there’s a stunning new tone coming from bishops concerning homosexuals during the Vatican Synod of Bishops meeting on the family now underway in Rome.
The Vatican has announced Pope Francis has cancelled all of his public appearances in July, prompting new papal health rumors.
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, authored a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
David Clohessy, a clergy abuse survivor, claims the Vatican has violated a treaty pledge to protect the rights of children.
Lara Traina at Catholic Supply in south St. Louis said they are taking tons of pre-orders for items that are on their way.
“The common link among these three men is their courage,” clergy abuse survivor Barbara Dorris said.
“Maybe a Pope who is a little bit younger, I think would be a great fit,” St. Louisan John Walter said.
At a pivotal national meeting, members of the largest group for American nuns have been weighing whether they should accept or challenge a Vatican order to reform.
Journalist Greg Burke picked for high-ranking Roman Catholic communications job.
Hundreds of family, friends are in Vatican City for Saturday’s ceremony.