Vatican says priests can’t bless gay marriages as ‘God cannot bless sin’

Vatican says priests can’t bless gay marriages as ‘God cannot bless sin’”

"The Church does not have, and can not have, the power to bless unions of persons of the same sex".

The Catholic Church does not recognise same-sex marriage, which means a blessing for a same-sex couple would effectively endorse sex outside of marriage, the letter said.

The Vatican said on Monday that priests and other Catholic Church ministers can not bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are "not licit" if carried out. Included in the conversations taking place among German clergy and laity is the possibility of priests imparting a blessing for same-sex couples.

There was widespread jubilation when Pope Francis appeared to voice his support for same-sex civil unions in an Italian documentary in October 2020 - however, it later emerged that the pontiff's comments were taken out of context. For this reason, only relationships that are "in themselves ordered" can receive a blessing by the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis' document on married life and the family, Amoris Laetitia, also call for "respect, compassion and sensitivity" toward LGBTQ people and advise that "unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided".

Homosexuality is considered "intrinsically disordered" by the Catholic Church, and same-sex marriage is invalid since it is not "open in itself to the transmission of life".

"The presence in such relationships of positive elements, which are in themselves to be valued and appreciated, can not justify these relationships and render them legitimate objects of an ecclesial blessing, since the positive elements exist within the context of a union not ordered to the Creator's plan", the response said.

"Homosexual people have the right to be in a family". At the time, Argentina's lawmakers were considering approving gay marriage, which he and the Catholic Church opposed.

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The CDF's note did not state the origin of the dubium submitted to the doctrinal office, but noted that "in some ecclesial contexts, plans and proposals for blessings of unions of persons of the same sex are being advanced". In the Vatican's view, same-sex marriages are not part of God's plan for families and raising children. God, the Vatican said, "does not and can not bless sin". It seemed to be aimed at more liberal Catholic bishops in countries such as Britain, the USA and Germany, who have allowed priests to bless gay unions.

Robert Mickens, a Catholic commentator based in Rome, said: "I think the Vatican has been harangued by conservatives to do something about this".

However, the Vatican argued that a blessing can only be conferred on a couple's relationship when they live according to "the designs of God inscribed in creation". "This would be erroneous and misleading", the article said.

The note from the Church comes months after the pope said he supported civil union laws.

In 2003, the same Vatican office issued a similar decree saying that the church's respect for gay people "cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions".

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the US -based NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and an advocate for greater LGBTQ inclusion in the church, said she was relived the Vatican statement wasn't worse.

"So it's possible you could have a ritual where the individuals get blessed to be their committed selves".

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