Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Benny and the Jerks

Two weeks ago and again last week Pope Benedict XVI spoke out about same sex marriage. However, while everyone was talking about "how he was condemning same sex unions" no one was talking about the obvious:

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.


Anonymous said...

Oh thanks BostonBud for recognizing what I have been preaching to all my gay friends -
I have so much hope with Benedict.

Pace Bene

Anonymous said...

I detect a quiet wind acknowledging that our unions are based upon love.

Steven Keirstead said...

A feeble step in the right direction from the pontiff does not go far enough. It's a start though. But I hardly feel like I need Herr Ratzinger's respect or approval.