Vatican Bars Blessings for Same-Sex Couples

Mar 15, 2021 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

The pro-gay head of the German Bishops’ Conference is firing back after the Vatican issued a declaration categorically ruling out the possibility of blessings for same-sex couples as “illicit” and “unlawful.”

God “does not and cannot bless sin,” the responsum ad dubium (reply to a doubt) published Monday by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith states unambiguously, responding to proposals for same-sex blessings being promoted in some ecclesial contexts.

God’s Plan Remains Clear

The responsum declares it illicit to bless any partnership — even stable relationships that involve sexual activity — outside the indissoluble sacrament of marriage in which sexual union is open to procreation.

Even though same-sex relationships may have positive elements “which are in themselves to be valued and appreciated,” these “positive elements exist in a union not ordered to the Creator’s plan” and hence cannot justify an ecclesial blessing, the document notes.

But since “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family,” it cannot be licit to bestow a blessing imitating “the nuptial blessing invoked on the man and woman united in the sacrament of matrimony.”

The CDF insists that its ruling, approved by Pope Francis, “is not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination” but rather because “God loves every person and the Church does the same” it rejects “all unjust discrimination.”

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‘Grounded teaching’ or ‘act of cruelty’? Christian leaders react to the Vatican rejecting same-sex marriage, by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post

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