WASHINGTON D.C. — (03-15-21) — The Roman Catholic Church announced on Monday that they cannot bless same-sex unions or same-sex marriages no matter how stable or positive the LGBT couples’ relationships are.
The Vatican’s announcement approved by Pope Francis, came in response to continued questions about whether the Catholic Church should reflect the increasing social and legal acceptance of same-sex marriage.
“Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” one question asked. “Negative,” replied the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is responsible for defending the Catholic doctrine.
The message underlines the church’s insistence that marriage should be limited to heterosexuals, saying that same-sex unions involve “sexual activity outside of marriage.”
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In the Vatican’s view, same-sex marriages are not part of God’s plan for families and raising children. In this reporter’s opinion I guess GOD didn’t have issues with heterosexuals raising LGBTQ children.
“The presence in such relationships of positive elements, which are in themselves to be valued and appreciated, cannot justify these relationships and render them legitimate objects of an ecclesial blessing,” the statement said.
Bestowing a blessing on a same-sex couple’s relationship would also be an “imitation” of the nuptial blessing, the Vatican said. God, the Vatican said, “does not and cannot bless sin.” said the Vatican.
Because of the Vatican’s stance on marriage, critics have accused the church of treating LGBTQ people as lesser members of its congregation. In an apparent response to those concerns, the Vatican said on Monday that its declaration is not meant to be “unjust discrimination.”
It called on Catholics “to welcome with respect and sensitivity persons with homosexual inclinations.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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