The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has decreed that same-sex unions cannot be blessed by the Catholic Church in response to a question from an undisclosed party.
The document written by the CDF was approved by the Pope himself and has since been brought into much concern by the public. The CDF believes it is not within their authority to bless gay couples in marriage because of God’s plan. They stated “God does not and cannot bless sin,” and for that reason the CDF has concluded that while they should not discriminate against the LGBT+ community, they also cannot bond them.
They also felt the responsibility was theirs to formally deny the union of people that are the same sex as it is “a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God.” There is hardly any question about how ill received this decree will be among gay and lesbian followers of the church. Some have reacted with the belief that this is just another division of the church, while more conservative followers will support the CDF response. Then there is the matter of consistency with the Pope’s support of the LGBTQ+ Community.
The CDF document excluding same-sex unions did in fact go through the Pope who approved of it, but he has been very welcoming of the LGBTQ+ from the start. Not long after his election, he openly accepted the existence of homosexual priests and has stated, in an interview, his endorsement of the same couples that are not blessed by the church. “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,” the Pope said, “what we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
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