Marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular states want to justify civil unions to regulate different situations of cohabitation, pushed by the demand to regulate economic aspects between persons, such as ensuring health care. It is about pacts of cohabitating of various natures, of which I wouldnt know how to list the different ways. One needs to see the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.
RE: THIS is ALL I could find
based on the link and response to the question you provided... here is how I see is view:
As a matter of civil law, he recognizes that such unions (note the quotes) may be a way for Catholics to recognize the reality of a secular society without supporting same sex marriage.
The same principle I guess, applies to divorce. The Catholic Church FROWNS upon it, but recognizes that in a secular society, it may be made legal. That by no means tells us that the church will endorse such “unions”.
Thanks for posting the exact quote, in context. He makes me nervous in general, but this example doesn’t appear to threaten church dogma. I continue to hope that he doesn’t turn out to be a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing.