Germany, bishop authorizes blessings to gay couples

Germany, bishop authorizes blessings to gay couples
Germany, bishop authorizes blessings to gay couples

New rift of the German Catholic Church with Rome

It is an unprecedented move made by Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann, who in a pastoral letter addressed to his priests, gave his approval for blessings of gay couples and not only them: “Blessing celebrations for people who love each other.

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A decision that of German Bishop Wiesemann comes after the German Synodal Way (March 2023) which by a majority dl 93% had said yes to the possibility of “blessings for people who love each other.”

A decision in stark contrast to the position of the Congregation For The Doctrine Of The Faith, which had previously stated that “it is not licit to impart a blessing to relationships or partnerships, even stable ones, that involve a sexual practice outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman.

Put, priests must bless only unions consecrated to God between a man and a woman.

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In his letter to his priests, Bishop Wiesemann reassured them that there will be no sanctions against them if they choose to celebrate these blessings; an office will be set up – within the diocese itself – where couples can turn.

This is a decision that certifies more and more the rift between the German Catholic Church and the Vatican.

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