The Vatican’s declaration last week that priests can offer “blessings” for same-sex couples continues to draw a sharp rebuke from Catholic theologians and leaders who consider Pope Francis’ latest leftward lurch a seismic shift in the Church’s doctrine.
Some media reports have cast the Papal edict as nothing really new, and certainly nothing the faithful should be concerned about.
But Father James Martin, a Jesuit who had the Pope’s ear and has been a strong advocate of same-sex marriage, tweeted that the document signals a “significant change.”
He posted on social media platform X to be “wary of the ‘nothing has changed’ response.”
“It’s a significant change,” he wrote. “In short, yesterday, as a priest, I was forbidden to bless same-sex couples at all. Today, with some limitations, I can.”
While the Vatican document says same-sex benedictions must be kept separate from marriage, the new document explicitly approves Catholic priests blessing gay unions and stresses it should be done without moralizing.
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