Published: Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 2021
Once again, Pope Francis has dashed any hope of the Catholic Church blessing same-sex marriages.
When asked last week whether he supported legislation that protected marriage equality, he responded “I have spoken clearly about this, no? ... Marriage is a sacrament. The church doesn’t have the power to change sacraments. It’s as our Lord established.” (via The Advocate, AP-Reuters)
Francis went on to say that it’s up to individual nations to create civil supports and safety for same-sex couples who choose to “spend their lives together,” such as civil unions and domestic partnerships, but that laws should not impose “things that by nature do not function in the church.”
Of course, this isn’t ‘news.’ The Catholic Church has repeatedly refused to bless the “sin” of same-sex marriages, despite ongoing requests from within the Church itself to change its stance -- including from many Catholic LGBTQ+ families, clergy members, and community allies.
Even Pope Francis, who is somewhat more open minded than popes of the past, has said many times that same-sex marriages are incompatible with the Church’s doctrines of faith. Although he emphasizes the need for compassion and tolerance toward his LGBTQ+ ‘brothers and sisters,’ that’s as far as his -- and the Church’s -- acceptance goes.
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