During a press conference, he said the Church in general, opposes any unfair discrimination, including that of homosexuals.
He was then asked if the Church supports any types of gay unions, other than marriage, like civil unions or common law rights.
The Archbishop made a clear distinction. He said the individual rights of all people must be respected. But when it comes to marriage, he said the actual institution of marriage cannot be recognized simply because of strong emotional ties. He added that alternative legal measures-not marriage -could be considered.
ARCH. VINCENZO PAGLIA
President, Pont. Council for the Family
"I agree that we need to avoid all discrimination. I think the solutions can be found in dealing with the civil code. Whether it's at a patrimonial level, or at a level that facilitates things, and prevents injustices against the weak. It's something we have to reflect on. I want to highlight that these measures should be based on individual rights.”
In recent months other comments of senior Vatican officials have also been misinterpreted, often times reducing their answers to a simple "condemnation” of same sex marriage. Even the words of the Pope have been misinterpreted, creating confusion.
JMB @javiermbrocal / KLH