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

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.”


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  • 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.