Back in March 2021, the Vatican decreed that Catholic Churches do not have a right to bless gay marriages, stating that it would be ‘impossible’ for God to ‘bless sin’.
Pope Francis approved the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s statement, even though he was considered to be a progressive proponent of this notion.
However, more than 230 professors of Catholic theology in Germany and other German-speaking countries have responded by signing a statement in which they protest Vatican’s stance, and the statement says that they disapprove of the church’s discrimination against gay people and their life plans.
Under the motto “love wins,” Catholic churches in Germany are set to hold services on Sunday to bless same-sex couples, defying the Vatican order not to https://t.co/JQfyCKHGyd
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) May 9, 2021
Catholic priests from Germany have further decided to protest Vatican’s pronouncement by blessing queer people unions and even live-streaming it!
This is what the German group of priests said in a statement:
“In view of the Congregation’s refusal to bless homosexual partnerships, we raise our voices and say: We will become people who enter into a binding partnership, will continue to accompany them in the future and bless their relationship. We do not refuse a blessing ceremony. We do this in our responsibility as pastors, who promise people at important moments in their lives the blessings that God alone gives,”
Reportedly, German’s Catholic News Agency compiled a list of more than 100 services to bless gay unions just for the first half of May, and numerous churches in Frankfurt, Cologne, Aachen, and Berlin are expected to participate.
The motto for the services is ‘love wins’, and are being held a week ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia that takes place on May 9.