How do you solve a problem like Maria? Pope Francis recently made a statement about gay priests that reverberated around the globe. Is the church ready for a change? What could be the reasoning behind his powerful statement?
I found this article interesting. After all this time that we have been fighting for gay marriage, we find that there are evidence gay marriage or same-sex unions existed long before we demanded it. John Boswell, a Catholic historian, wrote a book entitled, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe which presented evidence that same-sex unions existed way before it was popular after going through mounds and mounds of the church’s legal and historical documents.
It isn’t something new. Apparently, way back then, unions weren’t really meant for procreation. It could be because they wanted to preserve wealth or “wealth-sharing”. So, records do show that the church performed unions between two men but they really didn’t mean that the union was sexual in nature. Interesting huh?
Then, according to the article, the church’s stance on marriage was redefined for procreation and these evidences were swept under the rug in order to “justify” the new definition.
Something more interesting as well – there were no records of lesbian weddings or unions between two women. The historian believes that this was the case because of the cultural nature at the time where only records about men were kept.
If you are interested in reading the book, it will be made available in digital form (originally published in 1994). You can order the e- book from Amazon.