LUBECK, GR — (05-07-21) — The Vatican was rocked on Friday again by defiant German priests who said they will continue to bless Gay couples and, live-stream Gay couple blessings. A continued defiance of Church’ doctrine.

You will remember back in March when the Vatican decreed that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages or same-sex unions however, in response to that statement, more than 230 professors of Catholic theology in Germany and other countries where German is spoken, decided to sign an official statement strongly disagreeing with the Vatican’s decision.

In their official statement, the group declared that the decree “is marked by a paternalistic air of superiority and discriminates against homosexual people and their life plans.”

Since their statement went public, dozens of priests in Germany have vowed to defy the Vatican in public by saying…”In view of the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to bless homosexual partnerships, we raise our voices and say: We will continue to accompany people who enter into a binding partnership in the future and bless their relationship,”

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A group of priests will publicly bless gay couples nationwide and live-stream the ceremonies on or around May 10. St. Gertrud Bochum Wattenscheid will hold an online church service via Zoom. The topic of the youth service: “Love is love … in all its diversity. And we celebrate.”

St. Marien-KircheNordstraße said…”You love each other? We bless you! This is how it should be: We would like to celebrate and bless the gift of love with everyone ‘who love each other,’ all couples, friendships, love relationships. All who reflect the colorfulness of God’s love in their lives!” the church said in the description for their event scheduled to take place May 9th.

“A blessing service for all lovers – we don’t exclude anyone!” reads the description for the event at St. AntoniusHolsteiner Straße.

The Vatican’s official statement on the LGBT community is that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect and can be blessed, gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.”

The Central Committee of German Catholics, Birgit Mock, thanked the pastors who have signed the statement. “It shows how deeply you feel rooted in our church,” Mock said, adding that the group understands “sexuality as a positive force” and they “want to anchor this in church teaching.” said Mock.

“Stop signs from Rome don’t help,” added Mock. “On the contrary: We need an honest theological discussion; we have to — finally — recognize as a church that sexuality is part of life. And not only in the marriage as man and woman, but in all loyal, dignified and respectful love relationships. Everything else is no longer up to date. And also does not correspond to our image of God. We can trust that God loves us as we are created. And that he has long been ‘there’ in love relationships,” said Mock.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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