ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local gay and lesbian Catholics say there is a stunning new tone coming from bishops concerning homosexuals during the Vatican Synod of Bishops’ meeting on the family now underway in Rome.

A summary of discussions so far in the Synod of Bishops’ meeting includes talk that gays have gifts and qualities to offer the church.

“I’m surprised – very positively surprised with the tone of what we’ve heard coming out of the synod,” which is incredibly different than what has been heard from the Catholic hierarchy, ever, says former president of LGBT Catholic support group Dignity USA Sam Sinnett of St. Louis.

Sinnett welcomes the open and frank discussion, and says he’s hopeful.

“And that these positive comments about same-sex relationships, and about the gifts that gay and lesbian people have for the church, and for the call for fair treatment of any of our children, become an official part of the church, but more importantly, an active part of the dioceses and Catholic parishes around the world,” he says.

Sinnett says he hopes the kind words make it into the final synod document, which won’t come until next year.

Conservative Cardinal and former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke says the working document doesn’t reflect the views of many conservative bishops at the meeting who vow to make changes to the final version.

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