Wiretap: Vatican winks at twenty-first century

And now it has come to this: An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis has released a document calling for the church to welcome gay people, cohabiting couples and divorcees. This does not represent changes in church doctrine but it may well mean changes to come. The report reads, in part: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” Via the New York Times.

The New Yorker says the “bombshell announcement” puts Pope Francis in a “daunting position.”

NIH director says that, if not for budget cuts, there might be an Ebola vaccine by now. Via Huffington Post.

How does an American nurse contract Ebola? With confusing protocol directions like these. Via Vox.

The takeaways from the big Kentucky Senate debate (that’s right, just one debate). Via the National Journal.

It was largely symbolic, but the British Parliament voted to recognize a Palestinian state. Via the New York Times.

Republicans need to call off the voter wars — for their own good. Via the New Republic.

Adlai Stevenson, call your office: Is Mitt Romney really thinking of running for a third time? Via the Washington Post.

A dissenting take on the Denver Post editorial endorsing Cory Gardner. Actually, it’s dissenting and then some. Via Salon.

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