Synodal Way in Germany Allows Gay Blessings, Women Preachers

The Catholic Church in Germany has voted to permit the blessing of same-sex couples and women preachers to deliver the homily during Holy Mass.

Official blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples will be allowed in German Catholic churches with immediate effect, with an evaluation to be carried out in March 2026.

A thumping majority of over 93% of Catholic clergy and laity participating in Germany’s so-called Synodal Way, including 81% of Germany’s bishops, voted on Friday in favor of the radical doctrinal and liturgical innovations.

Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried — a relationship the Church has always defined as adultery — will also be allowed to have their relationship blessed by the Church.

Priests who bless homosexual unions will not face disciplinary sanctions despite the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith categorically ruling out in March 2021 the possibility of blessings for same-sex couples as “illicit” and “unlawful.”

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