Church senior signals shift in attitude to gay couples
Same sex unions are not marriages but should be recognized for the sake of civil rights, says archbishop
Andrea Tornielli International
April 23, 2013
"It is necessary to recognize the union of persons of the same sex, because there are many couples that suffer because their civil rights aren’t recognized. What can’t be recognized is that this union is equivalent to marriage". Archbishop Piero Marini, delegate for Eucharistic congresses, said this yesterday in an interview given during the IV National Eucharistic Congress in Costa Rica.
Marini was answering a question about the secularity of the State. Marini, 70 years old, was the master of ceremonies of John Paul II for a long time and also accompanied the beginning of Benedict XVI's pontificate. In the interview he talks about his relationship with Wojtyla and the sensitivity of the Polish Pope.
And he also speaks about the new Pontiff. "It’s a breath of fresh air; it’s opening a window onto springtime and onto hope. We had been breathing the waters of a swamp and it had a bad smell. We’d been in a church afraid of everything, with problems such as Vatileaks and the paedophilia scandals. With Francis we’re talking about positive things". With the new Pope, added Mgr. Marini, "there’s a different air of freedom, a church that’s closer to the poor and less problematic".
The former papal master of ceremonies said that "priests must give an example of a moderate and simple life" and "live their lives and faith from within the community". And he also expressed doubts about the usefulness of Twitter and of the Pope's use of it. "For my part I wouldn’t have used Twitter", he explained. But Pope Benedict XVI, who had just begun his adventure a few months earlier, "was advised to do it". "The Church," Marini observed, "shouldn’t be antiquated, but you also have to exercise a bit of caution".
The words of Archbishop Piero Marini somehow echo the ones expressed two months ago by the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who, while reaffirming the "no" to anything that treats other unions as equivalent to marriage and to the adoption of children by homosexual couples, opened to the possibility of the recognition of certain rights.
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa
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