"Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'" (RC, July 30, 2014):
Do you all remember Cardinal Hummes? Yes, the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election. As an emeritus, his influence is obviously a more understated one.Our underground correspondent in an eastern seaboard city that knows how to keep its secrets, Guy Noir - Private Eye, remarks:
Anyway, he granted an extensive interview days ago (July 27) to a paper in his native Brazil, and the answers are just remarkable, particularly this one, on same-sex "marriages":If Jesus were alive today, would he be in favor of gay marriage?Perfectly clear.
I don't know, I formulate no hypothesis on this. Who must answer this is the Church in its entirety. We must take care not to raise issues individually, because this ends up creating more difficulties for us to reach a valid conclusion. I think we must get together, listen to people, those who have an interest, the bishops. It is the Church that must indicate the ways, and there must be a way for all.
Because the opposition to gay marriage from the word go has been one of "marriage is between a man and a woman" with the defining caveat "since its purpose is children" and not any reference to the objection to homosexuality itself, the way this may easily play out over the decades is quite clear. Marriage can't be redefined at the moment, but civil partnerships can be allowed. Which is launching change by papering over a technicality. From there, things can quite easily graduate into allowing gay marriages if the intent from the start is to adopt...[Hat tip to JM]
Another example of the truism: Answers that are not simple are not answers, and yet they are: they most always also mean exactly what you suspect they mean.