VIENNA, February 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) A German language Catholic news site reports that the rector of Viennas Catholic cathedral has instituted a ceremony to bless couples, fiancés and people in love including homosexual partners. The cathedral, 800 year-old St. Stephans, is the seat of Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, the archbishop of Vienna who is widely regarded as a conservative.
Schonborn is well known around the world as a major contributor to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and for his explanations in the New York Times of the Catholic Churchs understanding of evolution.
The announcement came on St. Valentines Day, from Fr. Anton Faber, the rector of St. Stephans. Faber expressed his regret that the Church offers relatively little to homosexuals. Speaking to the Austrian newspaper Die Presse Fr. Faber said, Today there is no possibility in the Church to bless a union of people with homosexual feelings.
Faber admitted at the Cathedral announcement that he is involved in a personal campaign among his fellow priests for acceptance of the homosexual disorder and claimed that the Cardinal had approved his proposal. His actions, he said, are based on solid Catholic ground and are in a 100% concordance with the directives of the Austrian Bishops Conference.
Faber admitted that he had received some opposition to his decision from lay Catholics. An unidentified Catholic present at the Cathedral announcement reportedly pointed out that the Church does offer homosexuals something: confession and absolution for their sins.
During the interview, the priest explicitly welcomed people with homosexual inclinations to receive a blessing for their longing for love.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church that Cardinal Schonborn was instrumental in developing, however, defines homosexuality as an objectively disordered condition of unknown origin and homosexual practices as sins gravely contrary to chastity.
A 2003 Vatican document called on faithful Catholics to work against the societal acceptance of homosexuality. The document, from the Churchs highest doctrinal authority, said Catholics should work at unmasking the way in which such tolerance might be exploited or used in the service of ideology; stating clearly the immoral nature of these unions; and, above all, to avoid exposing young people to erroneous ideas about sexuality and marriage.
The first ceremony for people in love came later in the day and was attended by roughly 1000 persons according to Die Presse. No comment was forthcoming from the Cardinals office.
I wrote this a week or so ago and I'll write it here again and that is that Rocco reads as one who is incorporated with homosexuality instead of Scripture. My own interpretations of his writings from a while ago but most definitely after reading what he'd written as to the Valentine's blessing.
There is a blaring sentiment in what and how he writes to include the "moral relativism" perspectives, which is often disqualified by Scripture, and, more, this misrepresentation about the Valentine blessing indicates a more emerging personal need to interweave a social affection, of sorts, a New Age type be/feel/say/experience/intend-everything-yet-state-nothingness that is quite descriptive of just what the "homosexual blessings" and "ceremonies" are in certain Protestant groups and certainly in New Age spiritualism as to sexualities, couplings, exclusion of Christian Scripture if not Judeo-Christian theology in any specific capacity.
It's encouraging to see others with greater language skills than my own also begin to dissect Rocco's strangely cloaked perspective. He appears to be someone who attempts to declare Christianity and yet is immersed in pagantry instead, in love, so to speak, with Catholic pagenatry and ceremony ("the liturgy") more than he is with Christ and the Church.