Monsignor Charles Pope Notifies DC Parishioners He Will NOT Bless Irregular Unions

Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church in Washington, D.C., said he will not offer blessings of same-sex couples because it would “lead to confusion and scandal among the faithful regarding the Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality.”

In an email sent to parishioners on Dec. 21 and shared with LifeSiteNews, Msgr. Pope wrote:

“It is widely reported that the document permits a priest to bless same-sex couples. Some even see it as an approval of same-sex marriage. It is not.”

“The declaration in no way authorizes same-sex marriage. In fact, it explicitly re-affirms the Church’s teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and that sexual relations are only moral within marriage (declaration paragraph #s 4-6).”

“The document does say that there may be times when people who are living in objectively sinful ways, such as cohabitation or homosexual relationships, could receive a kind of informal blessing in no way resembling the Rite of Marriage. However, the document also states that these informal blessings should only be given if there is no risk of causing confusion about the Church’s doctrine on sexual morality, including the nature of marriage (#s 4,5,30, 39).”

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