The Vatican prohibits priests from blessing same-sex unions Catholic Church

The Vatican announced on Monday that priests and other officials of the Catholic Church cannot recognize same-sex unions and that these “blessings” are not allowed.

These considerations are in response to practices in some countries – such as the United States and Germany – where parishes and priests have begun to “bless” these same-sex unions as an alternative to marriage, as well as requests to bishops to institutionalize these practices.

In response to formal questions from a number of dioceses who wondered about the legitimacy of these “blessings”, the Vatican Magisterium, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), issued a “negative” judgment.

Pope Francis agreed with this answer, said the CDF, adding that this decision should not be “an unjust form of discrimination, but a reminder of the truth in liturgical ritual”.

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