Pope Francis Clarifies Stance on Same-Sex Couple Blessings

    Pope Francis Clarifies Stance on Same-Sex Couple Blessings
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    The Facts

    • Pope Francis on Friday said that individuals who are in a same-sex relationship can be blessed by the Church, but their union cannot be, clarifying the Catholic Church’s stance on the issue after a Vatican document stirred controversy last month.

    • On Dec. 18, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) published a document authorizing non-liturgical blessings for same-sex couples and others in relationships the Church considers “irregular,” such as people who are divorced or remarried.

    The Spin

    Conservative narrative

    The Catholic Church’s recent statements on same-sex relationships have pushed the boundaries of Catholic doctrine, and Pope Francis' doctrinal chief needs to be replaced by a serious theologian. In the Fiducia Supplicans, Cardinal Fernandez essentially called for the blessing of people shamelessly engaged in irregular relations, something he and the pope have needed to walk back. However, it's clear there's a serious ideological threat that seeks to undermine long-standing Catholic teachings about marriage and morality.

    Progressive narrative

    The right-wing detractors of Pope Francis within the Catholic Church are seeking to spin the DDF’s statement and demonize any sort of compassion for the LGBTQ+ community. Pope Francis has never called for a change to Catholic teachings; rather he and Cardinal Fernandez are simply acknowledging that all people are welcomed by the Church. Pope Francis’ willingness to bless everyone should be celebrated instead of criticized.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 1% chance that there will be an openly LGBTQ+ pope before 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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