Vatican synod calls for female leaders ‘at all levels,’ avoids using terms ‘LGBT’ or ‘gay’

Religion News Service

October 29, 2018

By David Gibson

A global summit of Catholic bishops on Saturday issued a powerful call for the inclusion of women in decision-making roles in the church “at all levels” and sought to welcome gay people and commit the church to a historic shift on fighting clergy sexual abuse.

But in the wide-ranging final document, approved late Saturday after a series of votes by 249 cardinals and bishops, the synod on young people did not open the door to the ordination of women.

The document, based on deliberations over the past four weeks among bishops and young Catholics, used unusually strong language in advocating on behalf of women, saying integrating women fully into the Catholic Church was “a duty of justice.”

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