Belgium (continued): Cardinal Danneels and homosexuality

Source: FSSPX News


Cardinal Godfried Danneels considers as legitimate that society makes up laws different from those of the Church in the realm of homosexual union, prostitution or contraception.

During an interview published in the Belgian daily La dernière Heure and quoted on March 10, 2006 in the Italian daily La Stampa, the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, when questioned about the Civil Pact of Solidarity, declared: "I can accept that civil laws define conditions for cohabitation and rights for homosexual couples". He nevertheless specified that he could not "accept it be called marriage". Indeed, for him "we must not confuse everything". "If the term marriage is used for all forms of cohabitation between a man and a woman as well as between a man and a man, then the word does no longer make any sense", he explained. And he suggested the use of "another term".

"It is normal that a legislation, which I respect, be not in complete agreement with my ethical judgment", continued the cardinal when asked about the full recognition of homosexuals in society and the possibility for them to adopt children. "The doctrine of the Church is known: to us, homosexuality is not a normal situation", he stated. "However, to condemn or discriminate is not even an issue ", he specified.