Malawi Bishops Forbid ‘Blessings’ of Homosexual Unions

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi issued a directive on Tuesday forbidding the blessing of same-sex unions in the wake of confusion over a Vatican declaration allowing blessings “for couples of the same sex.”

An official declaration by the Malawi bishops’ conference states that “to avoid creating confusion among the faithful we direct that for pastoral reasons, blessings of any kind and for same sex unions of any kind, are not permitted in Malawi.”

On Monday, December 18, Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández issued Fiducia Supplicans, which allows “blessings for couples in irregular situations and for couples of the same sex” in contradiction to the unchangeable Catholic teaching that the Church cannot bless sinful relationships.

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