Overruling [a parish priest], _________B__________ has permitted a homosexual in a registered domestic partnership to serve on a parish council.
… [The] parish priest [X] of a small parish in the archdiocese, had refused to allow _________Z_________ to serve on the council. _________Z_________ , who is disabled, had obtained 96 out of 142 votes in a recent parish council election.
The archdiocese had initially backed _______X_______, releasing a statement that living in a domestic partnership precludes one from serving on a parish council.
_________B__________ said that he had initially intended to uphold [X’s] decision–but then, he said, “I ask myself in these situations: How did Jesus act? He first saw the human being.”
Calling his decision “a decision for human beings,” [B] recounted that he invited _________Z_________ and his partner to lunch and understood “why the community had given him the most votes, because he is really impressive.”
“This man is at the right place,” [B] said of [Z].