I believe this is right on the money…it is the HOW that must be worked out. The Church does not need to nor should she compromise official teachings. Neither should she abandon her beloved LGBT/SSA brothers and sisters. I am glad to see this. I would further add however that we must be very careful when discussing “rights” of LGBT or any other subsets of society. Protections mean exactly that–not a revamping or further weakening of sacramental marriage between one man and one woman–and just one at a time, by the way, but more importantly as a covenant vow before God and until death of either party. We have lost sight of that idea nearly totally. And that family unit is the bedrock of our society. But persecuting actively LGBT persons is not the answer either.
- Vatican signals options for protecting gay couples (religionnews.com)
- Vatican official opens to gay union rights (dailystar.com.lb)