Pope Francis signed off a two-page ruling today which states that the Catholic Church cannot give its blessing to gay unions because ‘God cannot bless sin’.
The ruling was published in seven languages by the Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The ruling called on Catholic clergy to treat gay people with ‘respect and sensitivity, but ruled that the Catholic Church cannot give its blessing to gay unions because it would ‘approve and encourage a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God’.
Pope Francis caused controversy last year among Catholics when he gave his backing to civil unions.
The decree reiterated that the Church believes that marriage between a man and a woman is part of God’s plan, and is intended for the sake of creating new life.
Although it acknowledged that the wish to bless gay unions ‘is not infrequently motivated by a sincere desire to welcome and accompany homosexuals, since their unions are not intended as part of God’s plan, they cannot be blessed by the church validly.
‘The presence in such relationships of positive elements, which are in themselves to be valued and appreciated, cannot justify these relationships and render them legitimate objects of an ecclesial blessing, since the positive elements exist within the context of a union not ordered to the Creator’s plan.
God ‘does not and cannot bless sin: He blesses sinful man, so that he may recognize that he is part of his plan of love and allow himself to be changed by him.’ – the ruling states.
Source: Daily Mail