“Love Wins”

Dozens of German clergymen challenged the Vatican, declaring their readiness to bless same-sex couples
priests in nearly 100 Catholic churches in Germany have been offering blessings to same-sex couples since May 10. The movement, dubbed Love Wins, emerged after the Catholic Church declared in March that God “cannot bless sin.”

Clerics rallied in support of same-sex couples after more than 200 Catholic professors opposed the Vatican’s position. They criticized the church for “discriminating against homosexuals and their life plans.”
“We believe that the life and love of same-sex couples do not stand before God less than the life and love of any other couple,” they said in their message.

Recall that in mid-March, the Vatican ruled that the Catholic Church cannot approve of same-sex marriage, since “God cannot bless sin.” The statement also says homosexual couples should be treated with respect, but same-sex sex is “inherently promiscuous.” The Vatican’s statement was signed by Pope Francis.
As the Pope said at the time, the Vatican’s response “was not a form of unfair discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite.”

However, the Love Wins movement characterizes the Church’s decision to deny blessings to same-sex couples as a “slap in the face to people around the world.”
Thousands of German priests and church officials have also signed a petition urging the Church to bless same-sex couples, while some parishes have also hung rainbow flags in front of churches.
This turn of events demonstrates the conflict between conservatives and liberals in the Catholic Church. Time will tell what such a split will lead to.

Based on materials from BBC News, dw.com and Dozhd TV channel

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