In response to a German Bishops and Cardinals who were wanting to bless same-sex marriages, the Catholic Church, via the Vatican, officially rejected same-sex marriage in a statement today where they made clear it was a sin and not something that God nor the church will accept:
A Vatican statement approved by Pope Francis says the Catholic Church will not bless same-sex unions, calling homosexuality a "sin" and a "choice" https://t.co/xUbSFK4Txn
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The Vatican said Monday that the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions, in a combative statement approved by Pope Francis that threatens to widen the chasm between the church and much of the LGBTQ community.
Explaining their decision in a lengthy note on Monday, the Holy See referred to homosexuality as a “choice,” described it as sinful and said it “cannot be recognized as objectively ordered” to God’s plans. The stance is certain to disappoint millions of gay and lesbian Catholics around the world.
“The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit,” the Vatican’s top doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote in the statement.
God “does not and cannot bless sin,” the statement added.
“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 statement said.
The statement says that gays and lesbians, as individuals, may receive a blessing if they live according to Church teaching.
But blessing same-sex unions, the Vatican said, would send a sign that the Catholic Church approves and encourages “a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God.”
The statement was issued as a “response” to questions from pastors and the faithful on the question. In a commentary provided with the Monday statement, 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.”
I read the full statement and am happy the church drew a line in the sand here. It’s a line that’s always existed, but I’m glad the church drew it again in for people in this age. Just as there are pro-abortion Catholics, there are also pro-homosexuality Catholics and the church cannot submit or waver to these people who want to change the church to be more like the culture instead of changing their sins.