The Boston Globe reports that Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who rules over Austria in his understated crimson biretta, has overruled the decision of a local priest not to allow a partnered gay man to serve on a parish council.
Writes the Globe:
Florian Stangl lives in a registered domestic partnership. The 26-year-old was overwhelmingly elected to the council recently, but it was overruled by the priest—a decision initially backed by the archdiocese.
Such councils include lay people and discuss local church and parish affairs.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn changed his mind over the weekend after hosting Stangl and his partner for lunch, declaring Stangl to be “at the right place.” Despite his close ties to his one-time professor, Pope Benedict XVI, Schoenborn has voiced an open mind to such taboo issues as priestly celibacy.
How long before Cardinal Schoenborn is consecrating gay bishops the Episcopalian way?
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