In response to a question about the possibility of the Catholic Church blessing same-Gay marriage, the Vatican on Monday issued a decree stating that it is impermissible because God “cannot bless sin,” according to the decree.
The answer came in two pages, was published in seven languages, and was approved by Pope Francis.
But the decree made a distinction between the church’s acceptance and blessing of homosexuals, which it supports, and the association of homosexuals with each other, as any such recognition can be confused with marriage, according to what was stated in the decree.
Although the Vatican believes that homosexuals should be treated with dignity and respect, it considers the matter to be a “fundamental disorder”.
According to Catholic teachings, marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman as part of a divine plan that aims to continue the wheel of life, and it is the basis on which the new decree was based, as homosexual unions do not form part of that plan and therefore cannot be blessed by the Church.
The decree said that God “does not bless sin nor can he bless it. He blesses the sinful man until he realizes that he is part of the divine plan of love and allows himself to change.”
It is reported that Pope Francis previously agreed to provide legal protection for same-sex couples in the civil sphere, and not within the church.
And Pope Francis previously said in a TV interview: “Gay people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God.” Speaking of families with gay children, he said, “You cannot expel anyone from the family, or make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; in this way, they include a law.”
In 2003, the Vatican passed a similar ruling saying that the church’s respect for homosexuals “cannot in any way lead to consent to same-sex conduct or legal recognition of same-Gay marriage”.