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Cardinal Marx did not endorse ceremonies for same-sex couples: German bishops’ conference

February 08, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The German Catholic bishops’ conference has issued a statement indicating that Cardinal Reinhard Marx did not endorse liturgical blessings for same-sex couples during a recent radio interview. A transcript of the interview, provided by the episcopal conference, shows that when asked whether the Church would allow such ceremonies, the cardinal replied that he saw “no general solutions” and would leave the question to the pastor’s discretion.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Feb. 10, 2018 3:34 PM ET USA

    Even the sanitized translation from the German conference, quoted in the CNS news item, ends with “there are things which cannot be regulated.” In context, it is clear Marx is referring favorably to the possibility of a priest informally blessing habitual same-sex perversion while “accompanying” those who are practicing it. Thus the conference admits the very thing they take so much care to deny.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 08, 2018 7:07 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Marx's words cited: "However, I really would emphatically leave that to the pastoral field and the particular, individual case at hand, and not demand any sets of rules again -- there are things that cannot be regulated." The current crop of bishops who dissent from the truth of intrinsic evil and sin just cannot assent to the proposition that some rules (such as the Decalogue) are good for people. Not only that, but God expects us to abide by them. There are things that can be punished

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 08, 2018 3:45 PM ET USA

    This is not standing for the Truth, only a little bit of backpedaling to a safer spot.