|Bergoglio with Leonardo Ulrich Steiner and Raymundo Damasceno Assis|
BRASILIA May 23, 2014 7:00am — One of Brazil's top Catholic bishops has spoken out in favor of legal unions for homosexual couples, an apparent shift in the Church's stance on the country's existing gay-marriage policy.“There needs to be a dialog on the rights attached to shared life between people of the same sex who decide to live together. They need legal support from society,” Leonardo Steiner, the secretary general of the National Confederation of Brazilian Bishops, said in an interview with O Globo newspaper.
|Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, OFM and Pedro Casaldáliga Plá, CMF|
Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida happens to be one of the three Presidents appointed by Bergoglio for the Seudo synod against Family: Church has "always" wanted to respect "stable" homosexual unions