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Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
The pope's remarks about gay priests made during a press conference on his return trip to Rome from Brazil raised questions about whether the pontiff was signaling a change in the Catholic Church's approach to this volatile issue.
After Pope Francis' comments during Wednesday Mass that God redeems nonbelievers, a number of people were left asking whether the Catholic leader believes atheists and agnostics go to heaven. The Vatican on Thursday issued an "explanatory note on the meaning to 'salvation.'"