VATICAN CITY, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Pope Francis continued to call for cultural changes within the Catholic Church on Saturday, despite the council of bishops rejecting the notion of softening the church's stance on homosexuality and divorce.
"No grounds whatsoever exist for assimilating or drawing analogies, however remote, between homosexual unions and God's design for matrimony and the family," says the final report issued by the synod of bishops.
The council also rejected potential changes to the church's stance on divorce, saying it needed "greater theological study" and "further consideration" in regard to whether divorced or remarried Catholics should still be considered adulterers.
On Saturday, while beatifying Pope Paul VI -- the Catholic leader who implemented the Second Vatican Council and radically changed the church in the early 1960s -- Francis alluded to Rome's current struggle to modernize, saying, "God is not afraid of new things."
Pope Francis also spoke directly the current tensions within the church, saying those opposed to welcoming homosexuals and the divorced risk indulging in the temptation of indulging in "hostile inflexibility."