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Jh ISASt.gCATHOLIC July 11, 1998 Page 13 By Jerry Filteau , CA'[}IOLIC NEWS SERVICE 'i ' 0mWASHINGTON --- The U.S. bishops' .mmittee on Marriage and Family has ~rued "Always Our Children," a pasto- ._ message addressed to parents of ho- m0SeXual children, after making several ~,e~.llls that were cleared through the vatican. l)Th.e Vatican Congregation for the trine of the Faith "has reviewed the tual modifications and has told us it is tti ed with the result,' said Bishop 0masj. O'Brien of Phoenix, the com- ,LIt e chairman, in a letter June 26 to ule U.S. bishops. 1on 0f,~he COre message, tone and direct" , .Always Our Children' remain the same In the first orindnff," Bishop O'Brien ' The modifications have been made ' revised text in the June 26 mailing. The revised version was also published in the July 2 issue of Origins, the Catholic News Service documentary service, with the changes highlighted in bold print within the text and spelled out in mar- ginal notes. "Always Our Children" urges parents with an adolescent or adult child who is homosexual to "respond lovingly" and never to break off contact or reject the child, whatever emotions and conflicts arise. "Your child may need you and the fam- ily now more than ever," it says. "He or she is still the same person." It says loving an adult child does not mean approving all of his or her choices. "In fact, you may need to challenge cer- tain aspects of a lifestyle which you find objectionable," it says. Seven modifications were made in the original pastoral statement. One change was a single word, from describing sexual orientation as "a funda- mental dimension of one's personality" to "a deep-seated dimension of one's personality." A second modified passage, discussing ways to "seek appropriate help for your child and for yourself" originally referred to adolescents "experimenting with some homosexual behaviors as part of the pro- cess of coming to terms with sexual iden- tity." It said that "isolated acts do not make someone homosexual" and suggested that during such adolescent confusion, "some- times the best approach may be a 'wait- and-see' attitude, while you try to main- tain a trusting relationship and provide various kinds of support, information and encouragement." The revised version refers to an ado- lescent "displaying traits which cause you anxiety such as what the child is choosing to read or view in the media, intense friendships and other such observable characteristics and tendencies." A third modification was the addition of a footnote to a passage which says that a homosexual orientation in itself "can- not be considered sinful." The footnote quotes from the "Catechism of the Catho- lic Church": "I'his inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes tor most a trial." 't) Order to ensure the completeness and Cl fy the intent of this pastoral state- utertt. s.hie said because of "several misunder- dmings of the text" since it was issued 'Jet. 1, his committee worked out the 2 .ges, in consultation with Archbishop _ lel E. Pilarczyk, head of the bishops' ~lllra' . . bl -- lttee on Doctnne. Bishop Anthony ' lla of Cleveland, nresident of the rence, then submitted the changes e Vatican's doctrinal con retration 'urTr view, he said. o u hops received copies of the Q ese government- recognized bishop eets with Clinton FIONG KONG GNS A blsho of , ( " ") -- " p aa.s government-sanctioned Catholic nn|zation was the only religious figure g COmmuni., leaders invited to a ulSC ss._ . -: tlUri- with U.S. President Bill Clinton itug the third leg of his nine-day China in Luxian of Shang- News, an Asian church agency based in Thailand,June 30 he recounted the "big changes in after the Cultural Revolution during the 90-minute dis- With Clinton earlier that day. the seven others invited by the municipal government to join in Shanghai Library were of Tongji University, a t of Fudan University and 82, said he told Clinton church in Shanghai runs a ma- a minor seminary, a convent, a and a press, and sends abroad to study. Clinton %,ery good" and did religious freedom during on Shaping China for :st Century," said Bishop Jin. glad to have had a once-in-a-l h ce to meet the U.S. president, aecl. ovo -uiting up of the government-ap- Chinese Catholic Patriotic Asso- Which rejects papal authority iects bishops without Vatican ap- An underground church in ' estimated to number in the mil- P~f~sses loyalty to the pope. At evei, there is some mingling tWo, and a number of govern- bishops are said to have reconciled with the Vatican. .( Your opportunity to help a very poor child is much too important to miss. And Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), an international Catholic sponsorship program can show you the affordable way. Through CFCA you sponsor a child for the amount you can afford. Ordinarily it takes $20 a month to pro- vide one poor child with the life-changing benefits of sponsorship. But if this is not possible for you, we invite you to sponsor at a level you can afford (minimum $10). 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