A blind eye?
He started it anyway.
Personally, I've always liked Cardinal Schönborn, he has an attractive personality and strikes me as warm and accommodating. His style of governance seems to demonstrates that. Sometimes, considering the content of what one reads online is pretty much spare quotes and 'sound-bites' of his talks, and critique of his activities, one can become rather confused as to where the Cardinal actually stands on certain issues of faith and morals. OSV prints an interview with Cardinal Schönborn wherein he clears the air on some of his more questionable decisions.
The case of the gay parish council member:
Our Sunday Visitor: Recently in your diocese, a young openly homosexual man was elected to his parish council. Both his election and your decision to allow his election to stand created quite a stir in the media. Could you explain your thinking on that decision and the controversy surrounding it?The Cardinal is very kind.
Cardinal Schönborn: To begin with, I believe this was a very local situation that certainly did not deserve to be discussed in public, mainly because it is out of the question that the concrete details of the situation be exposed to the public. The only thing I’ve requested of people is that if I make a pastoral decision in a very concrete circumstance they should trust that this decision does not reflect any change in my commitment to Catholic teaching.
The fact is that sometimes we have to live with situations that are objectively disordered, but we do so with the hope that the people are on the way of faith. We are a community of sinners who all need to improve our lives. We all have to take steps to be more completely conformed to the Lord’s teachings. In this particular situation, I have certainty that the young man is on the way of the Christian life and is conforming his life more and more to God’s plan. I was clear with him about the Church’s teaching when I spoke, but we need to have patience. Again, the only thing I request is to trust that I did not make this decision lightly or arbitrarily, and am in no way denying the Church’s teaching on this issue. - OSV
The fact is that sometimes we have to live with situations that are objectively disordered, but we do so with the hope that the people are on the way of faith. - SchönbornIs it the German Austrian culture? Or just the Cardinals from those countries? I ask after reading this from Cardinal Woelki:
"Commenting on gay men in relationships he said he tried not to see them as just violating natural law but as people trying to take responsibility for each other in lasting partnerships. We must find a way of allowing people to live without going against church teaching," - Woelki
You don't say. I'm still confused.
I have to believe the issues both cardinals are addressing should be matters of pastoral care limited to individual situations, matters of conscience reserved for the confessional, not a proposed revision of Church teaching. There already is a way of 'allowing people to live without going against Church teaching': Chastity according to our state of life, for the single that means observing sexual abstinence, continence, and celibacy. Likewise, living faithful lives by striving to keep the commandments, nourished by frequent recourse to the sacraments, prayer and good works, and good friendships. These things are better than 'active participation' in parish life or sitting on any parish council.
This is an interesting quote (not from a Catholic):
We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. -
It appears to be working in Germany and Austria.