It seems to me...
The purpose and result of Civil Partnerships is to normalise and make respectable homosexual relationships.
Should the Catholic Church approve of or collude with such measures?
The CDF says no.
The Bishops of E&W seem more ambiguous. Indeed, it appears that their position has changed by 180 degrees.
The fact that some people need to write screeds and screeds to explain how the Bishops' nuanced position is totally aligned with the CDF's (and historic Catholicism's) suggests that the CDF's approach is clearer, and raises further doubts about the Bishops'.
Actually, understanding the Church's teaching on this (the intrinsic disorder of homosexual attraction and the sinfulness of homosexual activity) is not so hard.
The more difficult thing is to convey the Church's teaching clearly, in a way that is completely truthful and completely charitable.
This is important, because the genesis of homosexuality is not clear. It may be genetic, in whole or in part; it may be environmental in whole or in part, and so on. The point is that if there is any element that is open to influence, we should be minimising the risk of young people coming to self-identify as homosexual - as it is a disorder. Normalising it works in the opposite direction.
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