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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jul 28, 2003

Phil, regarding your post below on the CDF's document on gay marriage, I see it is to be issued on July 31st. Perhaps the date was chosen purely for reasons of convenience, but the Holy See is often deliberate in its use of the calendar, and by releasing his document on the day on which Jesuits commemorate their founder, Cardinal Ratzinger may be making oblique reference to the ecclesial spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola, in particular his Rules for Thinking with the Church, e.g.:

All judgment laid aside, we ought to have our mind ready and prompt to obey, in all, the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, which is our holy Mother the Church Hierarchical.

One remembers in this connection that Jesuit Father James "gay priests would sob with relief" Keenan recently testified against a bill that would restrict marriage to one man and one woman, on the grounds that such a restriction would violate the "basic social rights of gay and lesbian persons."

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