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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  • ron

    Looks like a humpy priest!

  • EdWoody


    Oh, how magnanimous.

  • electrongreen


  • 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.

  • kevininbuffalo

    A cardinal who read and understood the Gospels? Amazing!

  • Jimmy

    Thank You Cardinal Schoenbirn

  • 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.

  • Steve

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 1equalityUSA

    N0.11 Tom, Nostra Aetate?

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