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Awesome Austrian Cardinal Allows Partnered Gay Man To Serve On Parish Council

One small step for the Church, one huge leap for gay kind.

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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On:           Apr 6, 2012
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    • ron

      Looks like a humpy priest!

      Apr 6, 2012 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody


      Oh, how magnanimous.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • electrongreen


      Apr 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve

      The right question for the Church leaders to be asking is, “How can we best minister to these people?”

      Very few Roman Catholic leaders seem to be asking themselves that question.

      It is very good to see one, who is.

      Apr 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevininbuffalo

      A cardinal who read and understood the Gospels? Amazing!

      Apr 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jimmy

      Thank You Cardinal Schoenbirn

      Apr 7, 2012 at 8:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA

      Mere mortals cannot know why God gives talent and spiritual capacity to those, considered to be transgressors. Cardinal Schoenborn looked past the physical nature of this man and recognized spiritual worth. Treasure is treasure. Congratulations on your find.

      Apr 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve

      It takes 3 bishops to ordain a new bishop, so the good Cardinal will need some others who think as he does.

      Apr 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brand

      At every point in history there are deeper truths and greater goods only a few manage to stand up for in meaningful ways. Thank you, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, for being one of those few, and may you show the Lord’s way that more may follow. God bless you.

      Apr 12, 2012 at 5:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brand

      EdWoody, you can discern that “allows” is the way Queerty chose to characterize it, and the article does not attribute that to the Cardinal, right?

      Apr 12, 2012 at 5:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      Vatican Reverses Stance On Gay Marriage After Meeting Tony And Craig (from the ONION)


      Apr 12, 2012 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA

      N0.11 Tom, Nostra Aetate?

      Apr 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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