Tag: blessing

Uruguay: A priest gave a blessing to a gay couple. The believers are furious

Uruguay: A priest gave a blessing to a gay couple. The believers are furious

A blessing ceremony for a same-sex couple in Uruguay approved by the local Vatican nuncio has caused confusion and outrage among Catholics Revista Gente, a popular tabloid in Uruguay, described the civil “marriage” of two gay men, 82-year-old actor Carlos Perciavalle and 47-year-old Jimmy Castilhos, and the blessing they received from a Catholic priest on […]

Dutch bishops say ‘no’ to blessing gay couples

Dutch bishops say ‘no’ to blessing gay couples

Dutch bishops have indicated that clergy cannot bless ‘irregular couples’ as this could be seen as an endorsement of this lifestyle. However, they recommend that prayers be offered only for individual believers living in such relationships, asking for God’s help in discerning God’s will for a particular person. “What is important is what we ask […]

Unanimous resistance from African bishops. It concerns “one point” in the Vatican document

Unanimous resistance from African bishops. It concerns “one point” in the Vatican document

African bishops unanimously agree on “Fiducia supplicans”. None of them plan to allow the blessing of same-sex couples in their diocese. – The Church in Africa has no problem with the theology of the Beatitudes presented in the statement “Fiducia supplicans”. Beatitudes are a common practice in Africa. There is only one point in this […]

French bishops support ‘Fiducia supplicans’

French bishops support ‘Fiducia supplicans’

Days after nine French bishops announced they would not give blessings to same-sex couples, the Permanent Council of the French Bishops’ Conference released a statement saying such blessings should be given as a sign of “unconditional and merciful acceptance.” In a communiqué dated January 10, 2024, signed by each member of the Permanent Council of […]

“We are against heresy.” The powerful words of Cardinal Robert Sara

“We are against heresy.” The powerful words of Cardinal Robert Sara

In his reflection on January 6, Cardinal Robert Sarah referred to the controversial declaration “Fiducia supplicans”, which allows clergy to “bless” same-sex couples in certain situations. The hierarch said that the faithful should respond “to this error” by preaching “the word of God.” “We do not oppose Pope Francis, but we resolutely and radically oppose […]

The first effects of “Fiducia supplicans”. A “blessing” was given to a lesbian couple in the US

The first effects of “Fiducia supplicans”. A “blessing” was given to a lesbian couple in the US

The first “blessing” of a same-sex couple was performed in one of the Catholic parishes in the United States. The pastor referred to the Vatican declaration “Fiducia supplicans.” Parish of St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington, Kentucky, posted a photo of the “blessing” of a same-sex couple on its official Facebook page. The photo shows […]

Vatican makes clear that the blessing of homosexual couples will not be “liturgical”.

Vatican makes clear that the blessing of homosexual couples will not be “liturgical”.

The Vatican further noted that the reception of this Declaration in the dioceses requires “the need for a longer period of pastoral reflection.” This statement comes after statements and pastoral letters from bishops’ conferences and dioceses urging priests not to bless same-sex couples or couples in an irregular situation. In one of the most recent, […]

“Blasphemy”. The cardinal does not mince his words after the pope’s decision

“Blasphemy”. The cardinal does not mince his words after the pope’s decision

Cardinal Gerhard Müller emphasizes that “blessing a reality that is contrary to creation is not only impossible, but also blasphemous.” Cardinal Gerhard Müller responded strongly to the controversial ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ statement, saying that the blessing for same-sex couples ‘constitutes blasphemy’ and that the document is ‘self-contradictory’. Strong words from the cardinal In a lengthy statement […]

“The Church promotes a godless ideology.” Storm after Pope Francis’ decision

“The Church promotes a godless ideology.” Storm after Pope Francis’ decision

The two hierarchs strongly criticize the papal document “Fiducia suplicans” and forbid the priests among them to bless homosexual couples. Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tomasz Peta, together with Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider, forbade their priests from giving any form of blessing to irregular or homosexual couples. “We […]

“We will not comply with this.” Revolt in the Church after Francis’ decision?

“We will not comply with this.” Revolt in the Church after Francis’ decision?

Bishop Joseph Strickland has called on all Catholics, especially bishops, to reject “blessings” for same-sex couples approved by the Pope. The dismissed bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland, is calling on Catholic bishops to oppose the doctrinal statement “Fiducia supplicans” approved by Pope Francis, which de facto allows the blessing of homosexual […]

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