Vatican document highlights need for concrete steps for women, ‘radical inclusion’ of LGBTQ+

 By Nicole Winfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY (AP)- An unprecedented global canvassing of Catholics has called for the church to take concrete steps to promote women to decision-making roles, for a “radical inclusion” of the LGBTQ+ community and for new accountability measures to check how bishops exercise authority. The Vatican on Tuesday released the synthesis of a two-year consultation process, publishing a working document that will form the basis of discussion for a big meeting of bishops and laypeople in October. The synod, as it is known, is a key priority of Pope Francis, reflecting his vision of a church that is more about the faithful rank-and-file than its priests. Already Francis has made his mark on the synod, letting lay people and in particular women have a vote alongside…

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