FACTS

    The Vatican has officially declared that it cannot, and will not, bless same-sex unions. The announcement was made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in a two-page response to the question of whether Catholic clergy have the power to be able to bless such unions. The response maintained the church’s prior stance, which welcomes all individuals, including those of the homosexual lifestyle, but stated it “cannot bless sin.”

    “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, since the positive elements exist within the context of a union not ordered to the Creator’s plan.”

    Statement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    The Catholic church believes that marriage is a lifelong union between one man and one woman.

    RIGHT

    The Right supports the Vatican’s response. Regarding the Left’s response, conservative political commentator Michael J. Knowles stated that our culture has “lost its mind.” He noted, “For those of us who know even two seconds worth of the catechism, we would know that, of course, this is in keeping with the 2,000 year tradition of the church and the church’s teaching on one of the most fundamental issues, which is marriage.”

    “A union of whatever kind, which is contrary to God’s Will, cannot at the same time be declared to be approved by God…For to bless, benedicere, means to declare something to be good and to become good in God’s view and towards God. However, no other forms of living together can be blessed by the Church — if she remains loyal to her Divine Founder — except marriage and consecrated life; individuals, on the other hand, can all be blessed.”

    Gerhard Cardinal Müller, German cardinal of the Catholic Church

    LEFT

    The Left condemns the Vatican’s stance. “The fact that our church at its highest levels…cannot extend any sort of blessing to these couples is just tragic,” stated Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBTQ rights group DignityUSA. Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile tweeted that “to live your life with someone you love instead of being alone is not a ‘sin.’

    “Saying that homosexual practice — openly living sexuality — is a sin takes us back 200 years and promotes hate speech that unfortunately in Latin America and Europe is on the rise.”

    Esteban Paulon, President of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals

    Juan Carlos Cruz, a friend of Pope Francis‘ and a survivor of sexual abuse, argued, “If the Church and the CDF do not advance with the world…constantly rejecting and speaking negatively and not putting priorities where they should be, Catholics will continue to flee.” “Having sin be explicitly included in this statement kind of brings us back to zero,” stated Ross Murray, Senior Director of Education & Training at The GLAAD Media Institute. White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated that President Biden “continues to believe and support same-sex unions.”

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