Local reaction to Vatican view change on homosexuality

SPOKANE, Wash.- Gay rights groups hailed a "seismic shift" by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with "precious" support.

Spokane's Father Dick Case, who works at St. Aloysius Parish, is in favor of the more open tone of the talks the Catholic Bishops are having in Vatican City.

"While not wanting to support evil, I know it happens in our world. We can't get rid of it. So we better start learning how to work with people who are struggling to overcome evil and do good things in their lives," Fr. Case said.

But not everyone in the Spokane area feel that the Catholic Church should be more relaxed on their teachings. Ed Sinclair owns Kaufer's Catholic Supplies, and he talks to many Catholics on a daily basis. "Boy what a divide. It's an extremely volatile issue. I am amazed at the great variety of people that are still within one faith. But that is the great strength too," Sinclair said.

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