Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Marx would not be drawn when asked by The Irish Times for his view on Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Parolins description of the marriage equality referendum result in Ireland last year as a defeat for humanity.
What immediately meets the eye in this report is the total absence of any contextual reference to the historical background of Vatican II documents i.e., the reasons why they were considered important by John XXIII, Paul VI, and the Council Fathers.
The Resignationists will presumably argue that since Benedict is being blackmailed and acting under duress, his words cannot be taken at face value; if anything, his reference to blackmail proves that he is being blackmailed.
In his first response to the document, Cardinal Burke had taken issue with the frequent use of the word "ideal" in reference to Christian teaching on marriage.
This led Rene Levesque to repudiatemy referendum proposal without any explanation other than saying"It is all Greek to me." Michel Vastel, a journalistthen with Le Devoir, wrote: "By the end of the day , thebridges were burning between Levesque and his former allies."He added that later, while everyone thought agreements were underdiscussion, "a senior Quebec official, who had been asked why he did not make a last-ditcheffort to keep the provinces together, glumly answered: 'Afterwhat has happened this morning, we have lost all credibility'"(Le Devoir, Nov.
4, 1981, whenduring a negotiation meeting and without warning his colleagues,Rene Levesque accepted a proposal from Canada's prime ministerto resolve the constitutional stumbling block through a referendum.