“There should be recognition of a diversity of forms. We have to look inside the church for a formal recognition of the kind of interpersonal relationship that is also present in many gay couples. Just as there are a variety of legal frameworks for partners in civil society, one must arrive at a diversity of forms in the church. … The intrinsic values are more important to me than the institutional question. The Christian ethic is based on lasting relationships where exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other.”...
“This relationship [natural marriage] will continue to retain its own particular sacramental character and liturgical form. But this particularity does not have to be exclusive nor does it have to close the door on a diversity of relationships [i.e., sexual perversion] whose inner qualities the church can acknowledge.”
“Indeed, we need to seek a formal recognition of the kind of relationship that exists between many gay and lesbian couples. Does that recognition have to be a sacramental marriage? Perhaps the church could much better reflect on a diversity of forms of relationships. One has the same kind of discussion about civil marriages. In Belgium the same model (for civil marriages) exists for man-woman relations as well as for same-sex relations.”Bonny stated that the pope's openness to LGBT issues motivated him to speak out.
So where are we? Many Catholics threw out the 5th Commandment years ago accepting the murder of the unborn and self mutilation to prevent conception as simply "freedom to choose." The First and Third Commandments are basically dead issues judging from the small congregations attending Mass in most places. Throwing out the 6th seems to be a major goal of many of the highest ranking clergy in the Church today.
So what's left? Gossip and global warming. The purge of the Ten Commandments goes on and more and more one understands Jesus' lament -- "When I return will I find any faith on the earth?" Make sure He finds you among the remnant.
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