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 February 21. two days after the civil ceremony.

Local media described the homosexuals as ‘the world’s first same-sex couple to receive a Catholic blessing’, although there have been other public blessings of same-sex couples since the publication of ‘Fiducia supplicans’.

Ceremony for a homosexual couple

According to the tabloid, Fr. Francisco Gordalina, who presided over the ceremony, said the two men were “children of God who asked for a blessing from God our Father” and that he “would like to be present on behalf of the Church at such a request.”

The priest explained that it was only a “blessing” and “not a wedding.” But he added that the ceremony is “the way the Church wants you to be seen [osobom otrzymującym błogosławieństwo – przyp. red.]that God is with you, and we know very well that you are also with God, because we have spoken intimately with our bishop and have seen your faith.

The Catholic Church condemns homosexual activity as “intrinsically disordered,” mortally sinful and a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

Outrage in the country

Several local media described the ceremony as a “gay wedding” approved by the Church, causing confusion and outrage among Uruguay’s Catholics. This prompted Bishop Milton Troccoli of the Diocese of Maldonado-Punta del Este-Minas to issue an official statement on the matter.

Troccoli indicated that he had a “thoughtful conversation” with two gay men, after which they asked for a blessing. The bishop then said he had contacted the apostolic nuncio of Uruguay, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, to ask “how to proceed in this situation.” “, which, as he expected, would attract a lot of media attention, since Perciavalle is a famous actor.

“We were informed [przez nuncjusza – przyp. red.]that it is necessary to give a blessing, taking into account the document signed by the Pope [“Fiducia supplicans” – przyp. red.] and that we must act accordingly,” Troccoli said in a statement.

According to the bishop, the men were told they would receive a blessing. They were also reminded that it would apply to each of them individually and not to the ‘relationship’ they formed. The ceremony was initially scheduled to take place in a chapel, but was eventually held at the men’s ranch after outrage over reports that the ceremony would take place at the Church of San Benito in Garzón.

Source: Do Rzeczy