The Vatican said Monday that the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions.
This threatens to widen the gap between the church and the LGBTQ community.
Explaining their decision in a lengthy note on Monday, the Holy See referred to homosexuality as a “choice.” The ;position is certain to disappoint millions of gay and lesbian Catholics around the world.
The Vatican’s top doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote in the statement,
“The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit”…God “does not and cannot bless sin.”
“It is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage, as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex.”
The Vatican insisted that
“the negative judgment on the blessing of unions of persons of the same sex does not imply a judgment on persons.”
Last year, it seemed that Francis had advocated for civil union laws for same-sex couples when he gave an interview for a documentary.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.
What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
But the Vatican quickly backpedaled from those remarks, saying they had been taken out of context and did NOT indicate a change in doctrine.
Pope Francis approved this new statement. I’m not Catholic, but I think the pontiff just might be referred to in the future by the LGBTQ community as Pope Felicia.
Read the full statement here.
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