ROME, May 10, 2010 – The Church should "give more consideration" to "the quality" of homosexual relationships, the cardinal archbishop of Vienna said this weekend. Christoph Schönborn told the far-left British Catholic magazine the Tablet that the Church should also consider allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion since “many people don’t even marry at all any longer.”
“We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships. A stable relationship is certainly better than if someone chooses to be promiscuous,” Schönborn said.
He also declined to comment when asked if the discipline of clerical celibacy is one of the causes of clerical sexual abuse, saying only that psychotherapists are divided on the issue.
Cardinal Schönborn was for a time a favorite among American conservative Catholics for his involvement in the publication of the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church and his writing defending the Church on Darwinian evolution, but in recent years his statements and actions have taken some of the bloom off the rose. These have included allowing active and unrepentant homosexuals to be “blessed” in his cathedral on St. Valentine’s day.
In addition, in the spring of 2008, Catholics around the world were outraged when the art gallery attached to St. Stephen’s Cathedral held an exhibit of paintings and sculptures featuring the Last Supper of Christ as a homosexual orgy. The artist, Alfred Hrdlicka, a self-described Stalinist-Marxist atheist who died last year, was buried with Catholic rites in St. Stephen’s Cathedral where some of his sculpture continues to be displayed in a side chapel.
This indicates yet another problem for the would be Tiber swimmers who think that Anglicanorum Coetibus is a gift from God, the answer to prayer, and the promise that they can have their cake and eat it too. It explains why many of the conservative and traditional forces in the Roman Catholic Church will be just as threatened as the most liberal wing, should large numbers of traditional and somewhat orthodox people join their ranks bringing with them more married men to enter the Pastoral Provisions as expanded in the new constitution.
Also, the fact that Cardinal Schönborn can hold his views and state them publicly, with enough support to be the spokesman for a cause, should make those same would be Tiber Swimmers ask themselves why they are so eager to plunge into an organization that is already infected with modern "Episcopalian" disease. The ECUSAn plague has been spreading among Roman Catholics for just as long as it has been spreading among the ECUSAns themselves, only more covertly. Michael Rose, of course, blew the lid off that story with his book Goodbye Good Men several years ago.
I believe that Continuing Anglicans are in a stronger position to have a good effect on the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), in terms of any potential to help them correct the error of women's "ordination" that is practiced among them, by speaking from the outside rather than entering into a state of communion. And, so we may have a better effect, in the long run, for even the infected portions of the Roman Catholic Church by speaking to them from the outside, maintaining a witness that cannot be swallowed up by their bureaucracy.