The Vatican on Thursday released a document which stated that the Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of gay men and lesbians.

The document – called an “instrumentum laboris” – is a working paper for a planned October gathering of Catholic bishops to discuss family issues, Reuters reported.

In preparing for the synod, the Vatican asked bishops to widely distribute a 39-question survey. The 75-page document was based on responses to the survey.

The document states that while bishops remain opposed to marriage equality, the Church must adopt a “respectful, non-judgmental attitude towards people living in such unions.”

The Vatican has previously described being gay as a “disorder” and part of “an intrinsic moral evil.”

Pope Francis would decide on any recommendations arising from the paper after it is formally introduced in October.