The Catholic Church wants very much to be a modern church – one that can grow and adapt with the world around it, as all religions really should.
Pope Francis is a terrific example of a changed church. The high pontiff has taken a number of left-leaning stances, and not only when it comes to the social welfare of the world at large, but on subjects such as climate change as well.
And while Francis may still be pulling Catholicism to the left, the Vatican isn’t quite ready to let go of a few things.
The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions. The answer, contained in a two-page explanation published in seven languages and approved by Pope Francis, was “negative.”
The note distinguished between the church’s welcoming and blessing of gay people, which it upheld, but not their unions. It argued that such unions are not part of God’s plan and that any such sacramental recognition could be confused with marriage.
The stance will almost certainly reignite outrage again the church for their decades of habitual pedophiliac abuse of young boys by the clergy, and the unfathomable amount of resources that the church used in an attempt to cover-up the extent of that sin.
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