Monday, March 15, the Vatican issued a statement declaring that the church cannot bless gay marriage because God “cannot bless sin.”
The Vatican’s Congregation for Doctrine of Faith has given an official answer to the question of whether Catholic churches have the right to bless same-sex unions. The question arises when “plans and proposals for blessing unions of persons of the same sex are advance ” in some “church contexts.”
“… It is unacceptable to bless relationships or partnerships, even stable ones, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage…” the Vatican said in a statement. – “As in the case of unions between persons of the same sex. The presence of positive elements in such relationships does not in any way justify these relationships and does not make them legitimate objects of church blessing … “
In an interview with The Christian Post, Bill Donoghue, president of the Catholic League, which claims to be the largest Catholic civil rights organization in the United States, said he greatly welcomes the announcement as it removes doubts about the Vatican’s position on the topic.
“This [decision] will put an end to the discussion on the issue,” Donoghue said. – “There is nothing more to discuss. The Vatican has made it very clear that the Church can bless homosexuals as individuals, but will never bless homosexual unions, let alone same-sex marriages. “
Same-sex marriage cannot be considered legal in the Church because there is no reason to consider it “even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family,” according to a statement by Spanish Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria.
The Vatican’s announcement came after Pope Francis spoke out last October that civil union laws should be designed to legally cover same-sex couples in the civil sphere.
“Homosexuals have the right to be in the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. No one should be expelled or unhappy because of this, ”the Pope said at one time.
Donoghue said it the pope’s had incorrectly worded his statement. But while some Catholics have called on Pope Francis in the past to bless gay marriage, a statement released today expresses his stance on gay marriage.
Donoghue said the statement was made by the highest doctrinal office of the Catholic Church and would not have been published without the blessing of the Pope.
“I was really amazed at the fact that it was so unambiguous,” Donoghue said. – They just slammed the door on this issue. And I think that this is correct, because some Catholics, and even non-Catholics, say: “Well, why is the Church silent about this?” And now it will be over. And if the Catholics don’t like it, well, then they have to change their status. “
The Vatican said in a statement that the Christian community and pastors should “treat people with homosexual tendencies with respect and sensitivity” and find appropriate ways to “proclaim the gospel to them in its entirety.”
“But [God] does not bless and cannot bless sin: He blesses the sinful person so that he can recognize his part in the plan of love and change. In fact, He “accepts us as we are, but never leaves us as we are,” the statement said.
Based on materials from The Christian Post