St-Peters-Basilica-dawnConservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church’s attitude toward homosexuals. The document, issued on Monday, said homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples. In a dramatic change in tone from past condemnatory language, it said the Church should challenge itself to find “a fraternal space” for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony. The Vatican stressed on Tuesday that the paper was still a “work in progress,” and a definitive version would be issued after the meeting of some 200 bishops, known as a synod, ends on Sunday. Cardinal Raymond Burke, an arch-conservative from the United States, accused liberals in the committee that prepared the text of having railroaded the assembly. He said it did not reflect a consensus position and demanded changes. More