“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 couples.

Bishop Strickland encouraged “brother bishops” that in these final days of Advent, we will all share the voice of strength and joy in the Lord and say “no” to this latest document.

“We should really just have one voice and say no, we are not going to comply with that. We’re not going to incorporate it into the life of the church because all we have to do is say no. And it must be so.” a unified voice,” Strickland said.

The document was sharply criticized by Catholics faithful to the Church’s unchanging teaching, which strongly condemns “blessings” for homosexual “unions.”

Fiducia supplicans

When confronted with the request of two people to be blessed, even if their status as a couple is “irregular”, the ordained minister will be able to agree, but without the gesture containing elements even remotely similar to the wedding ceremony.

These are couples formed by people of the same sex, but outside any ritual or imitation of marriage. The doctrine of marriage does not change, blessing does not mean acceptance of the relationship – indicates Vatican News.

This is what the statement “Fiducia supplicans” on the pastoral importance of the Beatitudes, published by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by the Pope, says. “A document that delves deeper into the subject of blessings, distinguishing between ritual and liturgical blessings, and spontaneous blessings more akin to gestures of popular piety: it is in this second category that the possibility of welcoming also those who do not according to the rules live up to the standards of Christian moral doctrine, but humbly ask to be blessed,” reports Vatican News.

Since August 23, the former Holy Office has not published a declaration (the last was in 2000, “Dominus Iesus”), a document of high doctrinal value.

The document “Fiducia supplicans” begins with an introduction by the Prefect, Cardinal. Victor Fernandez, who explains that the declaration deepens “the pastoral significance of the Beatitudes,” allowing “their classical understanding to be broadened and enriched” through theological reflection “based on the pastoral vision of Pope Francis.”

Source: Do Rzeczy

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