Fr. James Martin Announces He Will Bless His ‘Friends in Same-Sex Unions’ after Pope’s New Text

Prominently pro-LGBT Father James Martin, SJ has become the first American cleric to publicly announce that he will offer blessings to same-sex couples, writing just minutes after the publication of Pope Francis’ document approving such blessings.

“Along with many priests, I will now be delighted to bless my friends in same-sex unions,” wrote Fr. Martin in a jubilant post on social media following the newly issued document from Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández.

Martin praised the text as a “major step forward in the church’s ministry to LGBTQ people and recognizes the deep desire in many Catholic same-sex couples for God’s presence in their loving relationships.”

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