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Synod Co-President: Church has "always" wanted to respect "stable" homosexual unions

More of the "Francis Effect" - more disaster. - jv


Synod Co-President: Church has "always" wanted to respect "stable" homosexual unions

In the context of Brazil's Presidential elections this year, the Brazilian episcopate's increasingly vague and compromised position towards Presidential candidates whose views on human life, family and sexuality are far from the Church's traditional teaching cannot but help but attract attention. 

An article published yesterday [Sept. 16] on the largest Brazilian daily, Folha de São Paulo, lauds the "softer and tolerant rhetoric of Francis, especially regarding homosexuality." Singled out for praise is Raymundo Cardinal Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, President of the CNBB (Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil) who is described as "aligned with recent statements from the Vatican, that is preaching a 'more respectful and less severe' attitude" to homosexual unions. 

On the question of homosexual unions, legalized by the Brazilian Supreme Court in 2011, Cardinal Damasceno Assis is quoted as saying,

"It is a decision by the Supreme [Federal Court, the highest Constitutional Court in Brazil]. Of course, for the Church, it [homosexual union] cannot be equated to marriage, that is different. But, regarding respect for the stable union between these people, there is no doubt that the Church has always [sempre] been trying to do it this way", said Damasceno Assis 

Raymundo Cardinal Damasceno Assis of Aparecida happens to be one of the three Presidents appointed by Pope Francis for the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

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