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Catholic Church cannot bless same-s3x unions – Vatican


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The Vatican on Monday, March 15, stated that priests and other Catholic Church ministers cannot bless same-s3x unions and that such blessings are “not licit” if carried out.


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The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), issued the ruling in response to questions and moves in some parishes to impart such blessings as a sign of welcome to gay Catholics since the Church does not permit homos3xual marriage.


Pope Francis approved the response, the CDF said, adding that it was “not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite”.

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It said such blessings were not permissible even though they were “motivated by a sincere desire to welcome and accompany homos3xual persons” and help them grow in the faith.


The CDF note said that since marriage between a man and a woman was a sacrament and blessings are related to the sacrament of marriage, they could not be extended to same-s3x couples.


“For this reason, it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve s3xual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same s3x,” it said.

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