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Pope Francis Says Priests Can Bless Same-Sex Unions

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Pope Francis has approved the blessing of same-sex couples, emphasizing inclusivity while maintaining the church’s opposition to gay marriage.

The Vatican’s statement, seen as a step toward reducing discrimination, underscores that gay couples are not equal to heterosexual partnerships.

The document clarifies that such blessings should not be confused with marriage and must not be associated with specific Catholic ceremonies. (Trending: Ousted Democrat Who Filmed Explicit Tape Blames Homophobia)

It emphasizes that people seeking a transcendent relationship with God should not be held to an impossible moral standard.

The move represents a significant shift, met with praise from LGBTQ+ advocates and criticism from traditionalists.

While the Vatican maintains its stance on marriage, the new directive signifies a departure from its 2021 policy.

“For, those seeking a blessing should not be required to have prior moral perfection,” the statement said.

“There is no intention to legitimize anything, but rather to open one’s life to God, to ask for his help to live better, and also to invoke the Holy Spirit so that the values of the Gospel may be lived with greater faithfulness,” it added.

“The significance of this news cannot be overstated,” said Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry.

“It is one thing to formally approve same-gender blessings, which he had already pastorally permitted, but to say that people should not be subjected to ‘an exhaustive moral analysis’ to receive God’s love and mercy is an even more significant step.”

“Even when a person’s relationship with God is clouded by sin, he can always ask for a blessing, stretching out his hand to God,” the document read.

“Thus, when people ask for a blessing, an exhaustive moral analysis should not be placed as a precondition for conferring it,” the document added.

“Along with many Catholic priests, I will now be delighted to bless my friends in same-sex marriages,” Rev. James Martin wrote in an email.

“The church is crumbling,” Luigi Casalini of Messa in Latino wrote.

“The Vatican’s statement is, in my view, the most unfortunate public announcement in decades,” University of Notre Dame theologian Ulrich Lehner stated.

“Moreover, some bishops will use it as a pretext to do what the document explicitly forbids, especially since the Vatican has not stopped them before. It is — and I hate to say it — an invitation to schism.”

“This means that a blessing can be given to couples who do not have the opportunity to marry in church, for example due to divorce, and to same-sex couples,” Bishop Georg Baetzing stated.

“The practice of the church knows a variety of forms of blessing. It is good that this treasure for the diversity of lifestyles is now being raised.”

“I think the pope has learned to accept people as God made them,” Rev. John Oesterle said.

“When I was growing up, the assumption was that God made everyone straight. What we have learned is that is not true. In accepting people as God made them, and if Jesus’ primary teaching is we should love and serve one another in the community, I think that’s what gives Pope Francis the openness to God’s presence in those relationships.”

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