Like the recent Southern Baptist conference, the Notre Dame event reflects denomination leaders shifting their tone toward LGBT people without becoming affirming.
While the synod's final report is less gay-supportive than its interim one, LGBT activists and allies are encouraged by the number of bishops on their side.
The pope isn't taking the roll-back of language that would have made the Catholic Church more welcoming to LGBTs, the divorced, and unmarried couples as a defeat.
The late-night talk show host included The Advocate in a roundup of faux reactions to the Vatican's pro-gay letter.
Vatican officials emphasize that it is an interim report, not the final word.
The church should recognize positive aspects of same-sex relationships, the document says.
At the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, a long-married Australian couple call for greater acceptance of gays — but bishops and observers don't look for doctrine to change.
Benjamin Brenkert has written an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to stop the firings and speak out against discrimination.