POPE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE
I think many people would have no problem with a legal contract known as same-sex unions, but what seems inflammatory and troublesome is calling it marriage.
I agree with John on the public policy end. The logical step, for now anyway, would be to create something like civil unions or a simple extension of “marriage” benefits to any couple–of whatever gender combination–who filed for it.
From the Catholic standpoint, though, I hardly see how they could say anything different. “Disregard 2,000 years of Church teaching and the plain meaning of the Bible. Homosexuality is not actually an ‘abomination’ but part of God’s divine plan. Sorry for the misunderstanding.” Frankly, the Catholic Cchurch doesn’t have a lot of credibility right now, anyway. Doing a 180 on such a major tenet of Church docrine because of a changing political climate would render them a joke.