“Cannot bless sin”: Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions

Pope Francis delivers the “Urbi et Orbi” message from the main balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, December 25, 2018. (Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS)

The Catholic Church will not be blessing same-sex unions.

In a statement released by the Vatican on Monday, same-sex unions were described as “sinful” and “cannot be recognised as objectively ordered” to God’s plans.

“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,” the statement said.

This decree from the Vatican’s top doctrinal office is a total U-turn from where many thought the Catholic Church was heading with their stance on same-sex unions. After all, the Pope has publicly expressed his support of the LGBTQ community on numerous occasions.

But now this statement is saying that the blessing of same-sex unions is forbidden. “It is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage, as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex,” the statement said.

God “does not and cannot bless sin,” the statement added.

However, the statement did say that gays and lesbians, as individuals, may receive a blessing if they live according to Church teaching.

But blessing same-sex unions, the Vatican said, would send a sign that the Catholic Church approves and encourages “a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God.”