The ruling was a response to practices in some countries, such as the United States and Germany, where parishes and ministers have begun blessing same-sex unions in lieu of marriage, and calls for bishops to defacto institutionalise these. Pope Francis approved the response, the CDF said, adding that it was "not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite". It said such blessings were not permissible even though they were "motivated by a sincere desire to welcome and accompany homosexual persons" and help them grow in the faith. The Roman Catholic Church has 1. The CDF note said that since marriage between a man and a woman was a sacrament and blessings are related to the sacrament of marriage, they could not be extended to same-sex couples. At least two German bishops, including Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who is one of the pope's top advisors, have expressed support for some kind of "pastoral" blessing for same-sex unions.
This is a departure from the position of his predecessors and the comments will revive the debate within the church on sexual morals, and draw criticism from conservatives who say the pope has drifted too from traditional values. The Catholic Church has long resisted the idea that same-sex couples should enjoy legal protection. That was the case in Italy where civil unions are described as something different from marriage, which remains the prerogative of a man-woman relationship. Francis has made inclusiveness of his papacy, as he battles declining numbers of Catholics and pressure to have the church attune to modern society while not losing its moral compass. The latest endorsement does come as a surprise, also in the manner it slipped out. The Vatican has yet to comment.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for greater LGBTQ acceptance in the church, said that if those priests who have already been blessing same-sex unions now stop doing so, lay Catholics could be moved to take their place. The Rev. He urged them not to despair. To doubt that Jesus is on the side of those who feel in any way marginalized? Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, said those teachings, put together, are problematic.
Tom Gjelten. He had previously seemed open to an endorsement. Some bishops had been pushing to give those unions - to have those unions receive church blessings. To those ideas, the Vatican gave a definitive one-word response - negative. But it can't be that surprising, no?