VATICAN - Priests Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

Arno Froese

The Catholic Church and its priests cannot bless same-sex unions because God “cannot bless sin,” the Vatican said.

“The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit,” the statement says, adding that “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in a 2019 interview for the documentary “Francesco.” “What we have to have is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”

Legally covered, but not church-sanctioned. Francis made the comment during an interview with a Mexican broadcaster, Televisa. It was cut by the Vatican but later appeared in a documentary.

Catholics generally are among the more accepting sects of Christianity when it comes to same-sex unions. A Pew survey found that more than half of Catholics in the United States, along with Mainline Protestants and Orthodox Christians, support same-sex marriage. 

But Francis also has repeatedly condemned same-sex marriage during his time as pope—emphasizing the Catholic dictum of marriage remaining between a man and a woman in multiple statements. 

“The declaration of the unlawfulness of blessings of unions between persons of the same sex is not ... intended to be a form of unjust discrimination,” the statement says. “But rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite.”, 15 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

The Old Testament clearly states: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). The New Testament confirms: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:24). That’s the absolute authority for all Christians; simple, direct truth, and only the truth shall set us free.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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