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Starting the conversation: Conference explores pastoral approaches to same-sex attraction

Clergy from dioceses across the country process out of the chapel at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth during the opening Mass of a three-day conference Aug. 10-12 exploring the Church's ministry to those living with same-set attraction. The international conference featured more than 30 speakers and was co-sponsored by Courage and the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Church must ‘extend her hand in truth and charity’ toward same-sex attracted individuals, speakers say Plymouth — Almost everyone knows someone who experiences same-sex attraction, and faithful Catholics are often at a loss for how to engage a friend or loved one who says they are gay, said speakers at a three-day international conference at…

Speakers: Same-sex attraction needs more attention in parishes

Clergy and lay ministers take notes during several of the presentations.

Plymouth — Clarifying the Church’s position and preaching to those with same-sex attraction are critically important to evangelizing in today’s world, speakers said during an Aug. 10-12 conference at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. From defining human sexuality to reaffirming the belief that God calls us not to hate anybody and to embrace…


The Vatican

Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio  to the Dominican Republic, is pictured celebrating Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. The former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who had been found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of sexual abuse of minors, was found dead Aug. 28. (CNS photo/Luis Gomez, Diario Libre via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, Vatican spokesman, said Wesolowski’s body was found…