The Vatican announced today that the Catholic Church will not bless same-sex unions, the Associated Press reports.
The decision, endorsed by Pope Francis, took the form of a two-page statement, published in seven languages, answering a question on whether Catholic clergy are empowered to bless gay unions. The most important realization was that such unions are not part of God’s plan and that God “cannot bless sin”.
To be clear, the statement made sure that the church welcomes and blesses gay people, just not their unions.
While the decision was praised by Conservatives, the Catholic Church has been heavily pushed back by Catholic LGBT advocates. Others have called the church because it has not focused on its own issues such as its long history with clergymen who are accused of pedophilia.
The Vatican believes that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect, but the note states that gay sex is “inherently disordered”. Catholic teaching is not only part of God’s plan, it also states that marriage is a lifelong bond between a man and a woman and is intended to create new life.
The document states that gay unions are not part of this plan.
“The presence of positive elements in such relationships, which are to be cherished and cherished in themselves, cannot justify these relationships and make them legitimate objects of ecclesiastical blessing, since the positive elements exist in the context of an association not commanded by the Creator Plan ”, it says in the answer. “(God) does not and cannot bless sin: He blesses sinful people so that they can recognize that they are part of their plan of love and allow themselves to be changed by them.”
Big celebrities like Elton John have publicly expressed their disappointment with the Vatican’s decision.
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they are ‘sin’ and still profit happily from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ – a film that celebrates my happiness from my marriage to David? #hypocrisy, “tweeted Elton John.
Although there are some churches that bless same-sex unions, it seems that the Catholic Church is not going to be quick to move them forward. We’ll keep you up to date.
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