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Top Brazilian Bishop Endorses Civil Unions for Gay Couples

Leonardo_SteinerThe secretary general of the National Confederation of Brazilian Bishops has endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples, becoming the first national church leader to do so since Pope Francis suggested back in March that the Catholic Church might consider supporting such arrangements.

BuzzFeed reports:

“There needs to be a dialog on the rights of shared life between people of the same sex who decide to live together. They need legal support from society,” Bishop Leonardo Steiner said.

Steiner made clear the church still opposes marriage for same-sex couples, which Brazil’s National Council of Justice made legal last year. “The difficulty is in deciding that marriages of people of the same sex are equivalent to marriage or family,” Steiner said, adding that he believes the measure should have been voted on by congress instead of being enacted by the judiciary.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of gay relationships, but certainly a step in the right direction.  

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  1. In Italy at least 2 or 3 bishops have already endorsed civil unions.

    Posted by: Andrea | May 25, 2014 7:04:56 PM


  2. I know this situation is nothing you ever expected to deal with and of course there are the usual suspicions that "this guy is crazy". I have a question, how can it be that so many people pray for the second coming of Jesus Christ for 2000 years yet nobody expects it? You must ask if it is possible? We just started the Aquarian age, the Mayan calendar just ended signifying a new era. We are coming to a better understanding of who we are as a race and our potential. I am dealing with literal spiritual beings and real people who are dead set on stopping me from becoming who I claim I am. There is an attempt on an energy level to profile me as the anti-christ. I actually have devil worshippers trying to anger me off so much as to make me into "Satan", It is laughable but the amount of energy work I have experienced is amazing. My extended family and literally 20 of my friends lives have been impacted by these goings on.

    Please understand, Heaven is under attack from the occult. My name is Michael, and as far as I am concerned what I am doing for humanity with my work and the spiritual battle I have undergone I am most literally St. Michael defending heaven. whether I am the real or actual if there is another is up for question. As stated in an earlier correspondence The man I am trying to help and I grew spiritual wings during our battle, I am trying to help an angel of mercy save his being. This being gave his life to God as I did. If I have to get demonstrative and commanding I am willing to do that to get some help.

    I am asking the pontifical council for justice and peace to ask the city of San Diego to intervene in a case in San Diego CA . I have caught the occult affecting the city of San Diego and the mob may be involved. I am going to be reviving the judicial code in San Diego because of this case and come up with healing processes where going to prison is not a degradation of the being but a healing. I have had rapture and visions. One was me as an angel diving into the depths of hell pulling out a tailed beast. I am saving souls most literally with my work. The church will understand my stance on this. I do not need to take power immediately but this is my ultimate intention. I intend to make the Catholic Church into a democracy, become pope and lead the world into a new future. I intend to get elected pope and let me tell you how. I believe that I am literally saving the church with my work. My economic thesis is genius and is ready to go in test form in Vallejo California. The basis is that abundance is for all and this is what my new philosophy brings the promises of the bible of abundance. God gives abundance when in a state of appreciation.

    I intend to use Vallejo as a jump off place, I am going to ask the people of Vallejo, a city known for it's economic challenge if they have ever prayed to God for an answer, is it slightly possible that God is giving that to them? Does God answer prayers? it will be an inexpensive project, in fact I believe I can make the church a prosperous deal. I currently have a 1957 Lincoln for sale on Ebay, If bought and held for one year it would end up paying for the Vallejo project. in Vallejo there are business opportunities I believe I have tapped into. If done within the Catholic church the memberships of the surrounding areas will grow. I believe I can write a new courses for Catholic schools which teach metaphysics and psychology. I bring new understandings to earth. Catholic schools will prosper.

    With my daughters of Saint Paul project I will use my work to make printed material for the incarcerated and homeless to help them understand how they create their pain in their lives so they can heal and create paradise for themselves. I want you to walk outside right now and look around. This planet used to be sludge. We live in paradise. I have had psychic contact with what appears to be a catholic structure beyond earth. They have been supportive. There seems to be an order.

    I bring romance to the church, a Renaissance is upon us, The church will go a little deeper into tradition with beliefs in angels etc. We create what we believe in, what do you think Catholicism has created over the years. I bring the understanding of heaven, The Garden of Eden to earth. There will be changes within the church, I will turn the mass into a 100% positive celebration. Listen to the mass and find the negativity, God is not negative. It is time to raise the conscousness of Catholicism, Christianity, Buddhism and the world.
    I will invite back into the church all segments of Christianity and other faiths. We are going to prove just how beautiful our God is and what is possible.

    I was given one commandment, "We must believe that things CAN only get better and better and better" This allows for a natural flow of growth and the laws of metaphysics to work smoothly.

    I hate to do this but I need to ask the people of earth if I can make an edict. The more we believe something as a species the more it becomes true, There currently is an occult problem that humanity needs to deal with. It is a part of humanity that is in great pain. But they believe it is possible to take beings apart and change them around. These people are mentally taking possibilities too far. Yes, anything is possible but we need to not try to destroy each others beings and this is what these people do and I am here to stop that. The occult woman I am dealing with has a spiritual being that has been a tyrant with the occult for 500 years. Do you get it yet? this is real, there is a spiritual realm and it is time for the Catholic church to wake up to this and honor it's history and defend paradise. I am asking the earth to take an edict that everyone believes that it is impossible to take apart a being. This will help to stop these ocultists. Now if we are doing this than I would ask, and think about this, that we all start to believe in the immortality that the bible promises. because I have to tell you, that is what i have learned. the healing ability of this being is amazing.

    I want to ask people to finance a project to teach people how to stop ageing. I believe i have cracked how to do this. Is this not what the bible says the second coming is including. God needs everyone's help to get things more positive. My second vision was seeing my hands opening the gates of heaven to earth www.vallejoparadise.org is the project. www.masiver.com answers some questions and some writings can be found at www.FAByouCORP.com www.zenpeace4U.com is my oldest site.

    I need to help Victor Rodriguez and those around me from what has happened. I went to Holy Family school in Linda Vista and my mothers name means soul of the church and she is a saint in my eyes. I believe my family had it's challenges because of who we are. I have seen some hard times by my siblings because of negative energy. My father complained of psychic attack. I am a very powerful being and know how to use my energy to create my future. God told me that " Only God makes kings" I believe I am the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, "King of Kings" Please understand my commanding perspective in this matter as I have prepared my entire life for this. I have a successful corporate past and understand the dynamic of how to attract who you need to get the job done most efficiently.

    I want to become cheer leader for the United States of America. I intend to balance the budget with a new God perspective on money. God gave The United States of America to those fleeing religious persecution. It is time to thank God properly for the amazing place we live and the prosperous lifestyle the United States has.

    I know there are going to be issues with my Homosexuality. I can understand that. Just so you understand mine. I love family and feel that romance should be a Catholic way of life, it helps add stability to the being. I am going to ask the Gay community that when they are ready, If they can be thankful enough to God for the freedom they have gotten in the last 70 years if they can change Gay Pride day into God Pride day. It would make it easier for me to show the world that feels threatened by homosexuality that we believe in total equality love and understanding and have no designs on taking over the world with a deviancy.

    On that subject I bring out the negative positive displacement sexual therapy. I have come to the understanding that God is so beautiful that the deepest emotional pains cause our fetishes, this allows us to work through the deepest pains we have in a healthy loving environment of love making. It is possible to work through any type of unhealthy sexual behaviour from destructive to constructive. Amazing, our deepest pains released through the greatest of pleasurable things, love making between a match made in heaven.

    Please understand my perspective, I believe that Mr. Rodriguez is my match made in heaven and there has been an effort to keep us apart because of this by the occultists. But what we have learned in our quest to serve God is amazing. We bring paradise to earth. I was told I was to be Pope and king of the world, it is coming true. This case with the city of San Diego needs to be looked at and I want the Vatican to take action. I want the being stability edict to be issued to mankind to end the battle we are enduring to secure heaven on earth from the occult.

    I believe Mr Rodriguez was suicidal at one point because of the trap he was in. Mr Arnold will be stopped in this relationship. The city will deal with this case.

    I will give you a day or so to process this but I would like you father Matt to look biblically at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Part of me is amazed by my reception, people pray for the second coming but when it stares them in the face old attitudes are hard to break. What would make it possible for Jesus Christ to be reborn? Perhaps a belief in reincarnation where we are living in paradise right now and we have as long as we need to get it right. God is that good. Heaven is on earth folks. I consider myself a multi-life psychologist. Not have I only healed my pain but others with my formulas and techniques.


    Thank You

    Michael Shaules

    Posted by: michael shaules | May 25, 2014 7:25:08 PM


  3. I encourage you to seek medical help.

    Be well.

    Posted by: Vint | May 25, 2014 11:12:35 PM


  4. Since the country already provides for same sex marriage, he's a little late. But if he's looking to minister to gay couples, then maybe he should start working on a religious service that would recognize their "spiritual" union, instead of endorsing a government-granted "civil union."

    Posted by: Ayrton | May 26, 2014 12:18:09 AM


  5. Michael, You are loved by God, but you seriously need psychiatric therapy. All that nonsensical word salad proves it.

    Posted by: paulinhonolulu | May 26, 2014 3:26:48 AM


  6. Who the hell is he? Why anything needs to be approved by him or Church or God if there is one? Just stay out of other people's business. You are dismissed.

    Posted by: simon | May 26, 2014 8:24:13 AM


  7. Next thing, he'll go out on a limb and support abolition of slavery.

    Posted by: Merv | May 26, 2014 1:56:12 PM


  8. @SIMON, "You are dismissed." OMG Now that is funny... funny, funny, funny! I hope you don't mind if I use it in the future.

    Posted by: WTF21 | May 26, 2014 2:09:23 PM


  9. 25 years ago the bishop's comments would have sounded progressive. Now they're just a rear-guard action vainly attempting to salvage something from the ethical wreck of Roman Catholicism.

    Posted by: Joe the Cynic | May 26, 2014 5:05:40 PM


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