Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Ruini Speaks

The top neocon in B16's Vatican has an interesting idea:
A top Italian cardinal said Monday that common-law status might be applied to offer some legal protection to unmarried heterosexual couples - offering a rare exception to the Catholic Church's condemnation of de facto unions.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini gave no indication the recognition would be extended to same-sex couples and said any protection should stop short of envisioning "something similar to a marriage."

This comes from Ruini's "State of the Nation" address to the Italian bishops in their particular assembly yesterday -- he is, of course, the pope's vicar for the diocese of Rome and, by appointment, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

I have the full-text of this speech, but it runs 11 pages and I'm a bit too swamped right now to do excess translation....

More as time allows.



Blogger Disgusted in DC said...

That's somewhat of a different take than what Papabile published yesterday.

Assuming that Ruini supports some limited protection of legal or social rights of unmarried domestic arrangements (health care?) he seems to be joining the ranks of Levada and the Archbishop of Melbourne whose minds are seemingly on the move on these issues. On the other hand, the structures that will take place across Europe will be something that these bishops will probably not be able to support.

20/9/05 10:38  
Blogger Jimmy Mac said...

Get the churches out of acting as agents for the State.

States should be able to define the degree and requirements for civil unions within their boundaries. Equal treatment for all.

Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, Covens, whatever can determine who and under what conditions they will "marry." No State should interfere with that, and no C/S/M/
c/w should interfere with the States.

If religious organizations want to defend and protect the sanctity of marriage, they need to convince their own adherents and stop worrying about others who don't agree with them.

20/9/05 14:14  

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