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Austria: Partnered gay man allowed to serve in a Catholic parish council

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  1. ‘The official teaching of the Catholic Church is “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”.’

    Really? I always thought it was the official teaching of the Catholic Church that is intrinsically disordered.

    The arrogant orthodox teaching of the Catholic Church is a blight on the human soul, and has been for the past 2000 years.

    Thankfully, scientific discovery, social liberalism and the development of human compassion and real spiritual insight, are causing this dogmatic and hypocritical obscenity of a belief system to retreat ever further into the obscurity where it belongs.

  2. Another inconsistency for the RC church …. who would have thought?

  3. Rev Sr. Maria Solanus FSBS 2 Apr 2012, 10:15pm

    Way to go Cardinal Christopher, at last they have a cardinal who looks with the eyes of Jesus and opens his heart to embrace those whom the Roman Catholic Church rejects.

    1. Good to see there are brave progressive priests willing to speak out. I would imagine there are actually quite a lot of Catholic priests who are unhappy about the Church’s traditional teachings on sexuality.

  4. That gives a nice insight into how the Catholic hierarchy view democracy, doesn’t it? Such an inconvenience when people don’t just do as the Pope and his Cardinals dictate….

    1. In fairness I doubt the Catholic church has ever pretended to look on any form of democracy in a favourable light.

  5. Katie Murphy - ex cath family 2 Apr 2012, 11:04pm

    “Intrinsically disordered and intrisically evil”

    they say this about gay sex, knowing darn well l that many people will consider gay people as such.

    The church claims to protect life, while it in many ways contributes to, in the USA, the 3000 or so gay kids driven to suicide every year.

    Murderers. Just as guilty as someone who pays someone else to do a murder – accessory before the fact in the USA legal system.

    BTW Guess what the 3rd largest religion in the USA is after the evangelicals and catholics

    EX CAtholics -10 mill of them. about 60 mil to go.

    Its a shame every last member of the church doesnt leave it – the greatest way to protect their children.

  6. GingerlyColors 3 Apr 2012, 6:27am

    It is heartwarming to read these positive stories about the Cathoic Church. While much of the Catholic hierarchy from the Pope downwards still have a bee in a bonnet about homosexuality it seams that there are some priests and clergy who wish to break the mould and drag the church kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
    Austria is seen as a deeply conservative country but underneath that thin veneer of conservatism is a modern country wishing to shake off it’s awkward past and join the family of progressive nations.
    Ironically, far-right Freedom Party leader, Jorge Heider was seen to be drinking in a gay bar shortly before he died in a road traffic accident.
    Soon we will all be singing Vienna’s praises.

    1. Yes, it’s the Catholic hierarchy that is the problem. There are a lot of very sensible and progressive Catholics who reject the more harmful dogmata.

      The times are changing – and very fast, it seems.

      1. It’s a domino effect gathering momentum. Disgust at the child abuse coverups combined with more Catholic countries saying no to the church without the sky falling in on them. I think we’re on the verge of seeing the biggest backlash against The Vatican in the developed world since the Reformation, and far more scary for the Cardinals the Latin American nations are joining in.

        I’ll be very surprised if they can fund their palatial lifestyles with the income gained from Africa and the Philippines. Change is coming, and the old men in pointy hats are running scared.

  7. Dangermouse 3 Apr 2012, 10:14am

    So a catholic prist / cardinal can block a democraticaly elected oficial from taking office in Austria? !!! And there was me thinking it was the 21st centurey !!!!

    1. I don’t think a place on a parish council is exactly a public office.

      1. Presuming that there isnt the same confusion in Austria as there is in England where there are church based Parish council and civil parish councils …?? I don’t know if there is the same confusion in Austria???

  8. Mervyn the Robot 3 Apr 2012, 10:22am

    So the Curia hasn’t yet been totally packed with wingnuts. Lets hope he becomes the next Pope.

  9. From another point of view, the RC church is fortunate to have anyone volunteering to sit on a parish or diocesan council these days.

  10. Thank God the Catholics are finally coming around to the modern world and including gays in it’s church and not hiding the fact that they do exist after all this time.

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