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Nuns in Italy form same-sex union

October 11, 2016

Two women religious—one from Italy, one from South America—registered their relationship as a civil union in Pinerolo, Italy, late in September.

The two women, who were identified in media reports only as Federica and Isabel, said that they had chosen to register their union rather than take the “convenient but false” option of living together in a convent.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican’s deputy secretary of state, told reporters that there was “much sadness in the Pope’s face” when he was informed about the “married nuns.”

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 12, 2016 1:51 PM ET USA

    Sadness? Is the Pope passing some sort of internal judgment in this case? Would his sadness perhaps be based on one of those rigid moral doctrines that end with "narrow is the gate...?"

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Oct. 12, 2016 10:26 AM ET USA

    It seems so clear that the Devil is reaping a harvest in our Church. Hardly a day goes by without some previously unimaginable news. Uncertain buglers are pretending to lead us. In the US, death seems about to win an election and Catholics are willing to vote for it. For me, that is as incomprehensible as the so-called nuns hooking up.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 12, 2016 12:34 AM ET USA

    "Saddened." A good place to begin, Holy Father, but might the laity not hear some slightly stronger defense of Catholic moral teaching, and of discipline among those who have received Holy Orders and taken vows? Something along the lines of "abjure your false union or be laicized" would be about right.

  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 11, 2016 6:28 PM ET USA

    Why should the Pope be sad? These ladies need to be accompanied and integrated into the life of the Church as they further discern their vocations.