From GMA NEWS:
Pope Benedict XVI's top official on family policy has opened up to the possibility of legal rights for gay civil unions, although he also stressed that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. The remarks by Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, who heads the Pontifical Council for the Family, to a Vatican press conference on Monday were quoted in the Italian press on Tuesday.
"Marriage is a clear legal dimension. There are then multiple other types of non-family cohabitation for which solutions should be found in terms of individual law and in my view also in terms of property law. I think this is a terrain that politicians should begin to approach - legal rights for non-traditional families would prevent injustice against the weakest," Paglia said.
The Italian prelate also spoke out against homophobia in parts of the Middle East and Africa, condemning countries where being gay is a crime.
"This should be fought against," he said.
It would appear that the Roman Catholic hierarchy is entering the "bargaining" stage of their bereavement process. That's more than half way to acceptance.