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Title: Pope's pro-gay proposal nixed Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff International News Sunday 19th October 2014 - 7:36pm1413700560 Article: 15897 Rights
 
Some of the 200 bishops who attended the synod The leader of the Catholic Church has been delivered a rebuke in his attempt to encourage greater acceptance of gay people by the church's leaders. Although more than half of the bishops attending a synod on family issues voted in favour of the Pope's proposal for a greater openness towards gay people the matter did not reach the required two thirds level to be passed. Vatican observers are characterising the tussle over greater inclusion of gays as one between those in the church who believe Christianity's rules were set down over 2,000 years ago and must never change and those who embrace a degree of change based on greater understanding of such issues in today's world. The draft proposal remains live and is likely to continue to be debated until the next synod in a year's time.    
 
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