Catholic Church Can’t Bless Same- sex Unions, Says Vatican

According to Associated Press, the Vatican’s
orthodoxy office broke the news in a statement
yesterday.
The statement comes as a formal response to
questions bordering on whether Catholic clerics
have the authority to bless gay unions.
In the two-page response signed by Pope Francis
and published in seven languages, the Vatican gave
“negative” as an answer to those making such
inquiries.
It said the church’s decision to welcome and also
bless gay people should not be mistaken to mean
approval of unions between them.
Buttressing its point, the Vatican argued that same-
sex unions contradict God’s plan, adding that any
such sacramental recognition could be confused
with marriage.
It also maintained that while people who belong to
the LGBT community should be accorded dignity
and respect, gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.”
It added that the Catholic Church upholds its
teaching which sees marriage as a union between a
man and woman for procreation as planned by
God.
The statement comes as a setback for those
advocating acceptance of couples belonging to the
LGBT community into the Catholic Church.
However, Francis DeBernardo, executive director of
New Ways Ministry, which advocates for greater
acceptance of gays in the church, said there’s the
possibility that the Vatican’s directive will be
ignored by many Catholic clerics.
“Catholic people recognize the holiness of the love
between committed same-sex couples and
recognize this love as divinely inspired and divinely
supported and thus meets the standard to be
blessed,” he said.
Ever since he became pope in March 2013, Francis
has pushed to adopt a more inclusive tone towards
LGBT people in his public statements.
In October last year, TheCable Lifestyle had
reported how Francis gave his endorsement to
same-sex civil unions despite the Catholic Church’s
teaching on homosexuality.

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