If the Church is the baptized people of God, the term to be a welcoming Church must not be interpreted as a social organization would interpret the word. As the Church WE welcome God; we welcome God's grace; we welcome God's word; we welcome God's transforming love; we welcome all the sacraments; we welcome forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession; we welcome God's power to save us by enabling us to be conformed to Him.
If we denigrate the religious meaning of welcome and turn it into a horizontal trap, we miss the richness of the word!
So, we knew this already. I notice the Pope took a parting shot at conservative Bishops, calling them hard-hearted and judgemental. The message has already been sent. The Church is to lighten up on perverts, adulterers, and sin generally. The Left has found a new weapon with which to continue the destruction of the Church...discernment. Anybody who does not see what is coming is in total denial. In fact, I believe we can apply Calvin's TULIP acrostic to many in the Church:
Perseverance of Ignorance
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