In a referendum on September 26, Switzerland approved civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples, making it one of the last Western European countries to do so.
The last days was noted that the bishop of Chur, Joseph Maria Bonnemain openly didn’t disclaimed same-sex civil unions – without calling them “marriage” – however remaining silent on the Church’s doctrine on the depravity of homosexual behavior.
On October 21, 2020, Francesco stated, “What we need is a civil union law,” (…) “So they’re insured legally. (…) I spoke up for this.”
After 19 March 2021 when he received his episcopal consecration, Bonnemain made the unique decision of not having his own episcopal coat of arms:
“The sign of the Cross of Christ is enough for me. And this, only this, I will use.”– he said on a interview
A fun fact is one of his first interviews as bishop of Chur, when Bonnemain was seen training weights in a gym.
Asked if his recommendations were not merely “semantic refinements” on Swiss television on August 17, replies that he simply wishes that traditional marriage, with husband and wife, with children and grandparents, does not “get forgotten” because such a traditional marriage is an “enrichment” for society.
On homosexuality, Bishop Bonnemain stated that “God loves us all and He always will, regardless of how we conduct ourselves or how we feel; it is the foundation of our Christian faith.” It is only after a “integration of a diversity” and “independent of sexual orientation” that each person can be absorbed into one’s own parish that he urged for a “specialized pastoral care” for homosexual couples.