Pope Francis Says Catholic Priests Can’t Bless Same-Sex Unions

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.”

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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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Written by Aimee Walker

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