A draft paper issued at a Catholic Church synod in the Vatican had included text calling for greater openness towards homosexuals, and divorced Catholics who remarried.
But this failed to win two-thirds backing and was not in the final text.
The New Ways Ministry, a US Catholic gay-rights group, said it was “very disappointing that the synod’s final report did not retain the gracious welcome to lesbian and gay people that the draft of the report included”.
However, it said the synod’s “openness to discussion provides hope for further development down the road”.
Correspondents say the text welcoming gay people and remarried Catholics had been watered down in the final version that was voted on – but it appears that they still met with resistance from conservatives.
All other parts of the draft report were accepted by the synod.
He said it was important to remember that many of the bishops at the synod were from countries where homosexuality is illegal.
“We have now got an acceptance that we need a new language in the Church when talking about gay couples and homosexuality in general,” he added.
By Edos News