Vatican forced to backtrack over document supporting gay people and divorcees after backlash from conservative bishops

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.

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The paper – which also supported unmarried couples and divorcees – was hailed as a step forward by campaigners when it was released yesterday as part of a two-week Vatican summit on family life.
But today conservatives at the conference came out fighting, accusing the paper of ‘manipulating’ their views – and the Vatican later issued a statement stressing it was only a ‘work in progress’.

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