Breaking News : German Catholic Priests Defy Pope Francis With Public Blessings of Gay Couples

St. Agnes Catholic Church in Cologne, Germany, in March, draped with a pride flag to protest a Vatican document banning blessings of same-sex relationships.

Source Wall Street Journal

Catholic clergy are preparing to bless gay couples across Germany in defiance of a recent Vatican ban on the practice, in the latest sign of how far liberal German Catholics are pushing the boundaries of the Vatican’s authority and teachings to forge a more progressive version of their church.

Priests and some lay ministers are planning coordinated ceremonies blessing gay relationships in about 100 Catholic churches and other venues in Germany, including Essen Cathedral, over the next few days, most of them on Monday. Almost 20 events will be live-streamed.

Such blessings have become common over the past decade in Germany and some other parts of Northern Europe, but they have usually taken place quietly, in places other than churches. Monday’s highly visible ceremonies will mark a protest against a Vatican declaration in March, approved by Pope Francis, prohibiting the blessing of same-sex relationships on the grounds that God “cannot bless sin.”

“It always has been a little bit kind of a secret,” said the Rev. Christian Olding, a Catholic priest in the northwestern town of Geldern, who says he has blessed about 10 same-sex couples in the past eight years. “This is the first time that we are going this way in society, to do it visibly for everyone.”

One thought on “Breaking News : German Catholic Priests Defy Pope Francis With Public Blessings of Gay Couples

  • This to me is a all out spit in Gods face from the German Bishops. I personally feel God can not be mocked and he will act in his time very very soon when we least expect it. Schism is a huge sign of the times and the devil will act in a more open way now to push for war and blood shed. God will not allow this to go unnoticed and he will act as a sign of correction and it will not be nice. I feel something dynamic is about to happen quickly and we all will see things spiral out of control soon. Really good article, let us all pray our Rosary and beg God for mercy.

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