Posts Tagged ‘Same sex blessings’

Keeping it together: Progressive and conservative Catholics need unity

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Earlier this month, more than a hundred Catholic parishes in Germany carried out priestly blessings of same-sex couples in defiance of the Vatican and the German bishops. The ceremonies were, in part, a response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent instruction forbidding such blessings and reiterating the Church’s traditional teaching regarding Read more

No threat of schism, says leading German bishop

Monday, May 10th, 2021
No German schism

German Catholics are not seeking to “detach ourselves as the German national Church from Rome,” and there is no risk of schism, according to the chairman of the German Catholic bishops’ conference. Even as Catholics in Germany plan a national protest against the Vatican’s ban on blessing on same-sex couples, Bishop Georg Bätzing has insisted Read more

Vatican’s same sex blessing statement has backfired

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
same sex blessing

One reading of the Vatican’s same sex blessing statement is it has back-fired according to theologian Dr James Alison. “I’ve been rather encouraged, and particularly surprised how much more unworriedly critical a vast number of people, including cardinals and bishops have been”. He’s calling the Vatican’s same-sex blessing statement “a shot in the foot”. James Read more

German Catholic leaders plan huge same-sex blessing

Monday, April 19th, 2021
German same-sex blessing

Several German Catholic leaders are openly supporting the blessing of same-sex couples and overtly challenging the Vatican. A massive blessing service event called “Love wins, blessing service for lovers” has been scheduled for May 10, in direct opposition to Rome’s chief doctrinal office. Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen said priests in his diocese will face Read more

Same-sex blessings and the CDF – how to recognise a tantrum

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Imagine that someone deliberately locks themselves into a small room. They then let it be known that they can’t discuss something with you … because they are locked in a small room. And their justification takes the form: “Can’t because we say we can’t because we said we can’t”. This act of communication is called Read more

Pope creates distance between himself and CDF’s “can’t bless sin”

Thursday, March 25th, 2021
Pope distancing from CDF

Vatican sources said they believe Pope Francis was distancing himself from a recent Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) statement in his Angelus of March 21. The CDF Responsum said priests could not give blessings to same-sex unions because “God cannot bless sin”. The statement has caused an outcry from LGBT+ Catholics and Read more

Why did Pope Francis remove doubt about same sex blessings

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Pope Francis, who made headlines in the first months of his papacy by responding, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gay priests, has now signed off on a Vatican decree that priests cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The decree, issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Read more