In landmark ruling Catholic Church approves blessing of same-sex couples

In a landmark ruling on Monday, December 18, 2023, the Catholic Church approved the blessing of same-sex couples but made it clear that this is not a departure from church doctrine that the Sacrament of Marriage is between a man and a woman.

The ruling, which was approved by Pope Francis, is a radical change in church policy, pointing out that people who seek God’s love should not be subjected to “an exhaustive moral analysis” to receive it and should be a sign that God welcomes all.

“One should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing,” the document from the Vatican’s doctrine office said.

The document made it clear that there is no shift in the church’s position on the Sacrament of Marriage nor should the blessings of same-sex couples be confused with it. It reaffirms the age-old church teaching that marriage is a lifelong sacrament between a man and a woman, “naturally open to the generation of children.”

“This conviction is grounded in the perennial Catholic doctrine of marriage; it is only in this context that sexual relations find their natural, proper, and fully human meaning. The Church’s doctrine on this point remains firm,” the document said.

But, according to the document, this doesn’t mean those in same-sex relationships should be blankly denied blessings as long as those blessings are non-liturgical.

It said priests should decide on a case-by-case basis and “should not prevent or prohibit the Church’s closeness to people in every situation in which they might seek God’s help through a simple blessing”

“Ultimately, a blessing offers people a means to increase their trust in God,” the document said. “The request for a blessing, thus, expresses and nurtures openness to the transcendence, mercy, and closeness to God in a thousand concrete circumstances of life, which is no small thing in the world in which we live. It is a seed of the Holy Spirit that must be nurtured, not hindered.”

The document pointed out that those in “irregular” unions, whether gay or straight, are in a state of sin but that should not deprive them of God’s love or mercy.

“Thus, when people ask for a blessing, an exhaustive moral analysis should not be placed as a precondition for conferring it,” the document said.

It noted that when a same-sex blessing is sought, it must avoid “any form of confusion or scandal” and it “should never be imparted in concurrence with the ceremonies of a civil union, and not even in connection with them. Nor can it be performed with any clothing, gestures, or words that are proper to a wedding.”

Instead, such a blessing “may instead find its place in other contexts, such as a visit to a shrine, a with a priest, a prayer recited in a group, or during a pilgrimage”.

“Indeed, through these blessings that are given not through the ritual forms proper to the liturgy but as an expression of the Church’s maternal heart—similar to those that emanate from the core of popular piety—there is no intention to legitimize anything, but rather to open one’s life to God, to ask for his help to live better, and also to invoke the Holy Spirit so that the values of the Gospel may be lived with greater faithfulness,” the document stated.

Since he became pope in 2013, Francis has embraced openness in many areas to include allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion, much to the disappointment of conservative Catholics. He has also adopted a more inclusive tone towards the LGBTQ+ community in some of his public statements.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge” he said soon after becoming pope.

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  1. Anonymous
    December 20, 2023

    Look at yourself and no one else. Hypocrisy or not. When it comes to the end no one else will matter. God will not ask you about your neighbor or church people and how they were hypocrites he will ask you if you accepted his son. So stop looking at church people to serve God look at yourself and ask yourself if you are leaving for God.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 13, 2024

      ” and ask yourself if you are leaving for God.”

      Well, the question in the quote should be, I imagine: ” and ask yourself if you are ‘living’ for God?”

      Leaving means or is defined: ” to go away from someone or something, for a short time or permanently!

  2. Anonymous
    December 20, 2023

    Scripture doesn’t lie. Stone throwing or not. Not accepting the truth doesn’t make it a lie either. Choose ye this day whom you will serve. Plainly we can see people choose to serve self and give in to whatever they please to satisfy their bodies, but the time will come that the warnings given and that are looked at at bigotry and homophobia will be seen as a warning but it will be too late. Keep playing in poop and say it’s ok.

  3. Adam& Steve
    December 20, 2023

    I have noticed that even in some churches they don’t tell the truth…same as in politics the red party has bought some pastors….d one by d college and shorty….and them pastors cannot talk truth….same as the Roman… u think it’s wise to go church and listen to abomination….this is what the Bible teaches? hell no….this cannot be right….to me now all some of those churches. missing…is to bring a manifesto and read it like a Bible…

  4. lol
    December 20, 2023

    I know for a fact God doh like borgar

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  5. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 19, 2023

    Roman Catholicism rubbish regarding “roman catholic sacrament of Marriage; such doctrines are not found in the Bible.
    And what did God say about unnatural sex?
    Romans: 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use unto that which is against nature.

    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

    So, it is absurd for some homosexual man to sit in Rome condoning buggering, while in the same voice talking garbage about ” Catholic Church approved the blessing of same-sex couples but made it clear that this is not a departure from church doctrine that the Sacrament of Marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Their sacrament of marriage is sodomizing each other.
    Satan controls their body and sole; God has nothing to do with…

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  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 19, 2023

    The roman catholic organization from its inception has been a “cult;” defined as: ”
    a relatively small group of people having beliefs or practices, especially relating to religion, that are regarded by others as strange or sinister or as imposing excessive control over members!”
    The devil has been in command of that organisation which I do not regard as a Church
    worshiping God!
    Her is Satan speaking: “the roman catholic church approved the blessing of same sex, but made it clear that this is not a departure from the sacrament of marriage is between man and a woman.
    How hypocritical are these disciples of Satan?
    In the first place there is no such thing as a claimed roman catholic sacrament of Marriage; such doctrines are not found in the Bible.
    And what did God say about natural sex?
    Romans: 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use unto that which is against nature. And likewise the, leaving the…

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  7. John
    December 19, 2023

    ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’ John 8:7

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 19, 2023

      Let me tell you; all have sin and fall short of the glory of God?

      Nevertheless; if you are a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, you would have repented (change you mind), and not indulge in the sins of the world.

      If you repented; you cannot continue in your sins, you cannot condone homosexuality, and use any part of scriptures to justify Catholicism ideology in order to justify homosexuality.
      If the sin of homosexuality was condone by God, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah he would not have destroyed, they both would sill be in existence, and the conduct would be continuing!
      What is the of God?
      The Church is a congregation of people who get together and worship The Trinity, God Jehovah, The Holy Sprite and Jesus Christ.
      The devil also have his disciples, any one who remains in that roman catholic cult after this: is on their way to hell with their homosexual pope ans priests!

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    • We Know Better
      December 20, 2023

      Ya right, everything is everything. You are using the Africans saying, allegory that Europeans have never understood since hijacking Christianity to this day. They invaded and conquered your people, banned your religion and education institutions, instructing, manipulating you to take those sayings and myths literally. Don’t fall for the manipulation, it’s about s*x without v*g*nal moisture, how is that even possible?

  8. rolls jeanbaptiste
    December 19, 2023

    This is the biggest piece of rubbish the Roman Catholic Church has done and God is watching. why don’t tell your Members too stop praying to Mary, stop confessing too your Priests, stop calling you{Pope}Holy Father before you say that rubbish.

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  9. If we knew better
    December 19, 2023

    I personally do not see how this is possible. I mean we know they are very involved in the church, not just in the catholic denomination. They are usually in the choir etc. But to say we will marry them, this is an abomination against the Lord our God. Nah. I cannot support it. fire burn. So now them man going and be having families? and adopting people children and raising them up in their way? Nah i cannot support it.

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  10. We Know Better
    December 19, 2023

    We knew those ‘byoys’ were leaning that way, then they apply these changes to the so-called bible riddled with such changes. Just check what they did with the myth of ‘ham’ and sons, just to take your land, ridicule you, a whole continent of you, rape everyone and ENSLAVE your people; Yes them same Vatican, Jesuit priests aided strategically with missionaries sent to get rid of your own spirituality & religion, call it voodoo, give you their Europe culture education plus religion instead, still working on YOU to this present day.

    They are lost, they claim to represent God, paint him as European image but know nothing about God an African Creation. Literally, but that’s for deeper story you need to know!

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  11. hmm
    December 19, 2023

    Well this isn’t a surprise considering that the current pope is a literal marxist who is favorable to dictators like Chavez, Castro and Maduro and global elites like the World Economic Forum. The catholic church is just diligently playing its role as part of the New World Order.

    Also don’t listen when they say this won’t change church policy etc. Remember this is the same way this stuff happened in the U.S. – First they “tolerated” it and then it became law. So expect in a few years for the “church” to just fully accept this lifestlye. The catholic church already goes against so much of the Bible this is just one more example of that.

    I hope true Christians have their eyes open now

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  12. Frank N Stein
    December 18, 2023

    I dont care who marry who but this load of contradictions and garbage is why I dont trust church people. Church is the biggest brainwasher and its a pity so many people have confused religion with spirituality

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  13. Channel One
    December 18, 2023

    Roman Catholicism is one of the greatest hoaxes ever to appear on the face of planet Earth. That system is diametrically opposed to the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Please ignore these self-proclaimed representatives of Christ and instead study & learn (as encouraged in 2 Timothy 2:15) the fundamental unadulterated teachings of God’s word so you could detect heretical teachings & teachers when they come around.

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    • Just Asking
      December 20, 2023

      Good one Channel One, didn’t know you had it in you, don’t let your alter ego JJ John Charles the U.S Southern conservative hear you😜,
      You ok?

      • Channel One
        December 20, 2023

        Just Asking – Oh hi there. Yes I’m ok. How about you?

        My good sir, what are you talking about in your first sentence?? 8-O 8-O 8-O

  14. Ibo France
    December 18, 2023

    The Catholic Church is sending mixed and confusing messages to its members. It approves same sex marriage but doesn’t really approve of it wholeheartedly.

    The whole world has gone insane. Man has lost his way. Genocide in Palestine; military take over in Africa; the judicial systems are no longer arbitrators of justice; the police brutalized and murder unarmed civilians instead of protecting them from harm and danger.

    We cannot continue down this narrow road of decadence and criminality. Something has to give before all of civilization is annihilated.

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  15. December 18, 2023

    Sorry Padre there is clearly some hidden agenda in this statement no matter how well intentioned you may sound; just a reminder Pope! ” Papa God doh like ugly nah.”

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  16. Run From Rome
    December 18, 2023

    NO SURPRISE THERE WHATSOEVER. Why won’t those priests get married? They have been molesting children for hundreds of years with impunity, and now the Catholic Church is bankrupt so they need all the money 💰 they can pull in.

    This is how the Bible says the “Antichrist” will be made known, especially to the “Jews” who don’t believe in Jesus Christ. They will be deceived by the Antichrist until the true color and character is revealed.

    The Catholic Church has been hiding its true colors for thousands of years and now it’s being made known unashamedly. They are the mother of all hypocrisy. Homosexuality was the main reason the Almighty Father rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah and burn that place down. So tell me, the Pope and priests don’t know that? Yes, they do. But listen my beloved and take this warning from me; The Catholic Church doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ. Period. They are an occult. And their members are void of the simple teachings of the Bible.

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  17. me
    December 18, 2023

    Shameful, but no surprise..The catholic church has done so much harm to young boys, over such a long time…Fire burn them…I stay home and serve my God.

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