The Most Rev. Wilton Daniel Gregory says he likes the Vatican’s change on gay and divorced Catholics.
“These men and women are the sons and daughters of the church, and yet in too many cases they have not felt welcomed or respected. Surely there are ways that we can adjust our religious language so that its frequently perceived severity will not drive away those who belong to Christ and His church. We have a pastoral obligation to reach out to all men and women in the same manner that Christ did so effectively even when they found themselves outside of the religious and cultural norms of His own times.”
Making the announcement more localized–If I recall correctly, this now means the leadership of every major Christian denomination in Atlanta has now either abandoned anti-gay policies within their ecclesiastical authority, or at least softened their stances. There are almost assuredly some churches or groups in Atlanta that have not taken as welcoming of a pastoral stance. That said, it is pretty interesting to see the change in Atlanta’s faith leaders from, say, a decade ago.