Pope Francis has said that Catholic priests can’t bless same-sex unions as God would ‘not bless sin’.
According to Reuters, he insisted it’s ‘not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite’.
Confirming the move in a statement, CDF said: “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 news is a blow to gay members of the catholic church who were given hope last year when the Pope said he believed same-sex couples should be allowed civil unions.
Speaking in a documentary about his life and work, title Francesco, he said: “They are children of God and have a right to a family.
“Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
Many people have taken to Twitter to slam his U-turn but insisted it is ‘not a surprise’.
One person wrote: “It’s worth saying this is not a surprise. It reinforces the Catholic Church’s position that all sex outside heterosexual marriage is a sin.
“But it is certainly a different tone from Pope Francis’s words last year when he said gay couples should be allowed to have civil unions.”
Another added: “The Pope says the Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex marriages. I’ll speak as a gay, married man. Don’t underestimate the extent this will do harm to young LGBTQ Catholics, who will now feel even greater rejection from within their own faith.”
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