Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Portuguese bishop urges 'realism' on homosexual unions, birth control

Catholic World News - June 28, 2010

A Portuguese bishop has suggested that the Church should recognize homosexual union as a reality, even if they cannot be recognized as marriages.

Bishop Januario Torgal Ferreira, who heads the ordinariate for the armed forces, also said that he does not support “dogmatism” in opposition to the use of contraceptives. “People often do not wish to be realistic,” he said. “But what matters most is that there continues to be a great dialogue, because truth is never possessed in full.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,130 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,870.48
52% 48%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: kmbold - Jun. 29, 2010 12:26 AM ET USA

    Our Lady of Fatima promised that Portugal would remain faithful to Christ and the Church.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 28, 2010 7:51 PM ET USA

    The word "realism" is newspeak for capitulation to the culture. The word should be a synonym of sorts for Truth. The reality here is that homosexuals cannot unite. Their behavior is abusive of each other and of families. The same thing is true of contraception--it is a contradiction to the unitive sign of marriage. Stand up for and pray for natural marriage.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 28, 2010 7:07 PM ET USA

    Oh, boy. If my devout Portuguese mother-in-law ever got hold of this guy, he'd be lucky to escape with his life.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering 16 hours ago
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20