‘Can’t bless sin’: Vatican on same-gender union

Rome, March 15

The Vatican decreed on Monday that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin”, The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions.

‘Respect them’

  • The Vatican holds that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect, but gay sex is “intrinsically disordered”
  • Catholic teaching holds that marriage is part of God’s plan and is intended to create new life

The answer, contained in a two-page explanation published in seven languages and approved by Pope Francis, was “negative”. The note distinguished between the church’s welcoming and blessing of gay people, which it upheld, but not their unions. It argued that such unions are not part of God’s plan and that any such sacramental recognition could be confused with marriage. The note has immediately disheartened the advocates for LGBT Catholics. — Agencies

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