Pope Francis has approved a new policy allowing Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples, which represents a significant shift in the Church's stance. The Vatican has clarified that these blessings should not be considered marriage ceremonies or tied to any specific Catholic celebration or religious service.
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The document emphasized that requests for same-sex couple blessings should not be denied, and there should not be an exhaustive moral analysis as a prerequisite for conferring these blessings.
While LGBTQ+ advocates welcomed this move, they cautioned that it still implies the inferiority of gay couples. Traditionalists criticized the decision, with some calling it heresy and expressing concerns about potential division in the Church.
The Vatican's statement was seen as a response to concerns raised in Belgium and comes after years of individual priests in Germany blessing same-sex couples. The Church of England has also recently permitted clergy to bless the unions of same-sex couples who have had civil weddings or partnerships.