Today the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a declaration entitled “Fiducia Supplicans” which officially opens the door to the blessing of homosexual unions. In its official statement on the matter, the Vatican attempts to distinguish these blessings from marriage, but this will matter little to those who seek to undermine the Church’s teaching.
With the Declaration Fiducia supplicans published today by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Francis, “it will be possible to bless same-sex couples but without any type of ritualization or offering the impression of a marriage.”
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— Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) December 18, 2023
The question of blessing homosexual unions was already addressed in 2021. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a response to the question: “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” The response was: “Negative” followed by an explanation. Regarding the nature and purpose of sacramental rites, the response stated that according to the nature and purpose of sacramentals what is blessed must be objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace, according to the designs of God inscribed in creation, and fully revealed by Christ the Lord. Therefore, only those realities which are in themselves ordered to serve those ends are congruent with the essence of the blessing imparted by the Church. Since same-sex unions are contrary to “the designs of God inscribed in creation,” blessing same-sex unions is not possible.
The Baltimore Catechism defines heresy as a mortal sin. It states: “The denial of only one article of faith will make a person a heretic and guilty of mortal sin, because the Holy Scripture says: ‘Whosoever shall keep the whole law but offend in one point is become guilty of all'” (Q. 1171).