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The Vatican announced on March 15 that priests and ministers of the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions. According to the note released with the endorsement of Pope Francis, “God cannot bless sin”. The information is from Folha de São Paulo.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued the decision in response to questions sent by parishes that expressed a desire to grant blessings as a sign of welcome to homosexuals.
The CDF recognized the request as a “sincere desire to welcome and accompany homosexuals” and to help them grow in the faith. The agency also said that the decision “is not intended to be a form of unfair discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite”.
However, the CDF also claims that heterosexual marriage is a sacrament and cannot be extended to same-sex couples.
“For this reason, it is not lawful to give blessings to relationships, or to stable partnerships, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (that is, outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman, open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case with same-sex unions “, says the note.
On the other hand, the pope has already expressed his support for legal protections for gay unions, but only related to the civil sphere. In 2019, he told Mexican broadcaster Televisa (via DW) that “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family, they are daughters of God”.
As for families with gay children, Francisco commented “You cannot expel someone from a family, nor make your life miserable, for that reason. We must have a law of civil union: in this way, they are legally guaranteed.”
It is also worth mentioning that in August 2017, an advisor to Pope Francis greeted a gay couple from Curitiba on behalf of the Pontiff for the Catholic baptism of his three adopted children.
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