Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, spokesman of the Holy See, to journalists assembled at the headquarters of the Association of the Foreign Press in Rome, on April 24:
“[I]t is a good thing for the child to know that he has a father and a mother; [it must be] made clear that matrimony between a man and a woman is a specific and fundamental institution in the history of mankind. This does not prevent that other forms of union between two persons may be recognized“.
Fr. Lombardi is the proverbial trial balloon. He knows that F. supports civil unions; is only preparing us for the pontifical announcement; and hoping that the outcry of the faithful and criticism of F. will have low decibels–more like a drop of a pin than the din of an explosion of moral heresy.
To what I just said above concerning civil unions, I might add that the next phase of this “renovationism” will be the end of priestly celibacy (which F. has described as not required). Then when celibacy is trashed, will homosexual priests be allowed civil unions?
The floodgates of revolution and relativism are opened first to release only a relatively tiny trickle; but as pressure for more and more precedent-based “reform” builds, the gates will have to opened to torrent level.
And in other distressing news from Germany . . .
Women Catholic deacons ‘no longer taboo’
“Germany’s top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass – a novelty for Catholic women.”
Holy Mother Church, the last outpost of Civilization, the pillar of righteousness, is being repopulated with those who wish to transform it into a pillar of salt.