Tag: World Religion

The Way Ahead | Tony Blair Faith Foundation

this essay, Tony Blair sets out seven principles of understanding that he believes should underpin a comprehensive strategy to counter religious extremism: The horrifying events of the past weeks in Syria and Iraq have significantly shifted the terms of the debate about whether intervention is desirable or sensible to counter the violence in the Middle […]

Vatican backtracks on gay comments

Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships. Read More: Vatican backtracks on gay comments – CNN.com.

BBC News – Tony Blair: Fight war of ideas against extremism

The last few weeks have seen a significant shift in the global response to events in Iraq and Syria. Led by the US, more than 40 countries are now joined in fighting the scourge of Islamic State (Isis). This is a sensible decision, but it is not enough. Read More: BBC News – Tony Blair: […]

Vatican synod: Victory for Pope Francis on gay issues

He has convinced many Catholic Church leaders to moderate their formerly strongly critical language about gay unions, and to admit that homosexuals may have “gifts and qualities to offer”. Read More: BBC News – Vatican synod: Victory for Pope Francis on gay issues.

At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce

VATICAN CITY — In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as […]

Vatican forced to backtrack over document supporting gay people and divorcees

The Vatican appears to be backtracking over a landmark document which said gay people had ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer the Catholic church after an outcry from conservative bishops. The paper – which also supported unmarried couples and divorcees – was hailed as a step forward by campaigners when it was released yesterday as part […]

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with “precious” support.   In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also […]

Catholic bishops go liberal on sex during meeting to discuss ‘family issues’

Catholic bishops meeting to discuss ‘family issues’ at a two week summit have said unmarried couples living together can be ‘positive’, and gay relationships and divorces must be welcomed. Displaying remarkably liberal attitudes for a Church famed for its conservatism, bishops meeting in the Vatican today also said that a couples’ decision on the use of […]

Vatican proposes ‘stunning’ shift on gays, lesbians

Using strikingly open language, a new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays, and offers a solution for divorced and remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion. Read More: Vatican proposes ‘stunning’ shift on gays, lesbians – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

Pope Francis Makes Another Impassioned Plea for Christian Unity

Dear friends, let us therefore proceed towards full unity! History has separated us, but we are on the path towards reconciliation and communion! And this is true! And we must defend it! We are all on the path toward communion. And when the goal seems too distant, almost unreachable, and we feel gripped by despair, […]