Only the foundation of complete and irrevocable love between man and woman is capable of forming the basis of a society that becomes the home of all men,'' Benedict told a convention of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute today. The pope said ``confusing marriage with other types of unions based on a love that is weak'' should be avoided.Now don't get me wrong, he still seems to be condemning same sex unions, however, in this statement he is still recognizing that same sex unions are based on love. Yep, that's right, he is acknowledging that same sex couple can love each other.
The Catholic church for a long time believed there was no such thing as homosexuals, only disordered heterosexuals. But they have been changing their tune under this Papacy. It is widely believed that the Pope, while cardinal, played "bad cop" to Pope John Paul II's "good cop", hence the nasty statements he made back then.
But nothing happens overnight. People evolve and learn. Institutions change, although some take teeny tiny baby steps in fabulous red Prada slippers.