The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless and that such blessings are “not licit” if carried out. This was not a surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States and round the world — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.
The Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) community is currently trending on Twitter and this is after the Vatican issued an order that priests and other Catholic Church ministers should not bless same-sex unions.
On Monday, March 15, the Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), issued the ruling in response to questions and moves in some parishes to impart such blessings as a sign of welcome to gay Catholics since the Church does not permit homosexual marriage.
Pope Francis approved the response, the CDF said, adding that it was “not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite”.
The order is now attracting criticism from members and supporters of the LGBTQ community on Twitter.
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