Twenty-six year-old Florian Stangl received the majority of parishioners' votes during the election of the new pastoral council of the parish of Stützenhofen, a town north of Vienna, but the parish priest did not want to ratify his nomination. The archbishop has intervened and, assuming full responsibility, has decided to validate the election. A row began following the intervention of cardinal Cristoph Schönborn, who, after his initial reservations, recently decided to admit a homosexual - living with a companion whom he married in a civil union - to the pastoral council of the parish of this small Austrian town.The words of the Cardinal: "They witness the vitality of the Church. In their diversity, they reflect the diversity of today's way of life and faith."
As a reader emailed me: "If you hear something often enough, it begins to sound normal." Think of the entire generation now in its teens. "Normal" will soon mean what passed for normal before the Noahic deluge. Grapes of wrath.
[Hat tip to J.M.]