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Cardinal Danneels joins list of prelates urging legal protection for same-sex unions

June 10, 2013

Retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels has added his name to the list of prominent Catholic prelates calling for some legal recognition of same-sex unions.

The Italian journal L’Espresso notes that while Cardinal Danneels was clear in his argument that same-sex partnerships should have some measure of legal protection, other Church leaders have made similar comments. The list includes Archbishop Piero Marini, the former master of ceremonies for papal liturgies; Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Familiy; and Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota. The latter two—Archbishop Paglia and Cardinal Salazar—later issued clarifications saying that they had misspoken or their statements had been misinterpreted.

In 1993 the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, lead by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued a document saying that the Church cannot approve of “proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons.”


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  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Jun. 10, 2013 9:18 PM ET USA

    Thank God they are wrong, even though, lamentably, they are archbishops and cardinals.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 10, 2013 8:02 PM ET USA

    But, as Jacques Maritain said, "we're not supposed to kneel to the world." This is a major mistake.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 10, 2013 7:49 PM ET USA

    There was a time, not all that long ago, when certain prelates were fulsome in their praise of rebel general Francisco Franco and later of his regime. Just a few years later, other bishops thought they saw a secular savior in Philippe Petain. Still later, there were those who embraced leftist revolution in Latin America. These prelates who are endorsing in a fashion legalized sodomite arrangements are in a long tradition of bishops who utter mistaken and even stupid opinions.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 10, 2013 6:32 PM ET USA

    Of course. This imposter has dissented from just about every Church position on moral conduct and sexual sin.

  • Posted by: bservaes4399 - Jun. 10, 2013 6:14 PM ET USA

    Of course, Danneels! The one under whose "guidance" the Catholic Church literally disappeared in Belgium. The man who was the head of the Church when in Belgium abortion was legalized, homosexual marriage was introduced, and euthaniza was legalized. All without a peep from the Catholic church's leadership. That is the guy who now has the temerity to open his mouth! Shame, shame, shame!!!!

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 10, 2013 5:45 PM ET USA

    Chiesa carries an article too: Vatican Diary / Six more votes for "gay" unions. Though The Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance are in the Catechism, it doesn't seem to matter anymore to the older VII crowd, does it?