Peruvian Bishop Bans Same-Sex ‘Blessings’

PASTORAL MESSAGE FROM THE PRELATE BISHOP OF MOYOBAMBA ON THE DECLARATION “ ASKING FOR TRUST ”, PUBLISHED BY THE DICASTERY OF THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH ON DECEMBER 18, 2023.

Dear priests, consecrated life and lay faithful:

Grace and Peace on the Lord’s Christmas!

Given the unprecedented confusion caused by the Declaration Begging for confidence in the clergy and many faithful from this Prelature and from so many places in the Catholic world, I have taken a few days of prayer and reflection to respond with calm and serenity.

The Declaration allows “the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and couples of the same sex” (FS, 31) and very confusingly insists that such blessings are realized “without validating officially state their status or change in any way the perennial teaching of the Church on the marriage” (FS, 31), making it clear that marriage is the stable union of a man and a blessed woman for the Sacrament.

This document damages the communion of the Church, since such blessings directly and seriously contradict the Divine Revelation and the unbroken doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church, including the teaching profession recent statement by Pope Francis, that is why there are no quotes in the entire Declaration that are supported by the magisterium former. In its Answer of 2021, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told us, with the signature of the Holy Father who ” The Church does not have, nor can it have, the power to bless unions of people of the same sex “.

Blessing couples in an irregular situation and same-sex couples is a serious abuse of the Most Holy Name of God, which is invoked over an objectively sinful union of fornication, adultery, or even worse homosexual activity. Furthermore, in the last case it must be emphasized that “the acts “Homosexuals are disordered and, above all, contrary to natural law.” (Catechism of the Church Catholic n. 2357). God never blesses sin. God does not contradict himself. God does not lie to us. God what He always loves the sinner unconditionally, for that very reason, he seeks to make him repent, convert and live.

God desires good for all of us. This Declaration distinguishes between liturgical blessings and pastoral blessings and allows blessing couples, but not unions, with “pastoral blessings.” This distinction leaves us perplexed and confusing, since the act of blessing, whether performed in a liturgical assembly or in private, given by a minister, remains a blessing, of the same nature. Blessing a couple is blessing the union that exists between both, there is no logical, real way to separate one thing from another. Why else would they ask for one?
blessing together and not two separately?

The underlying problem is much more serious, and that is that not a few brothers in the episcopate and priests, contravening the objective morality of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, they have been confusing the people of God with the indiscriminate blessing of these unions objectively disordered and therefore sinful, incurring horrendous sacrilege.

Given the lack of clarity of the document, we must follow the uninterrupted praxis of the Church until the date, which is to bless every person who asks for a blessing, and not to couples of the same sex or in irregular situation. We will avoid all scandal, confusion, induction to sin and at the same time we will continue showing the mercy that the Church has always shown to every sinner who approaches her, especially everything, offering him conversion, forgiveness, the life of Grace and Eternal Life.

The Church blesses sinners, but never their sin or their sinful relationship. Our charity pastoral care towards those who are in situations of sin forces us to call them to conversion. every sinner sincerely repentant with the firm intention to stop sinning and put an end to his public situation of sin (such as, for example, cohabitation outside a canonically valid marriage or the union between people of the same sex), can receive a blessing and even better, sacramental absolution and Holy Communion.

Dear priests and lay faithful, let us not minimize the destructive and short-range consequences, resulting from this effort made by some hierarchs of the Church to legitimize such blessings, in some cases with good intentions and in others, as many have been stating, with the intention of destroy the Sacred Deposit of Tradition of the Church.

On the day of my episcopal ordination I solemnly swore “preserve the deposit of faith in purity and integrity, in accordance with the Tradition always and everywhere observed in the Church since the time of the Apostles” . For this reason, I admonish the priests of the Prelature of Moyobamba not to carry out any form of blessing for couples in an irregular situation or for same-sex couples.

Since God does not want the death of the sinner, but his conversion to eternal life, I recommend and exhort cordially and paternally to those people who feel attraction towards the same sex or live in union homosexual or irregular who come closer to Christ through prayer, listening to the Word, fasting, penance and the help of the Virgin Mary with a view to his conversion and take advantage of the opportunity to conversion that God offers them for a happier life and the achievement of eternal life.

Likewise, I exhort the priests and faithful of the Prelature to continue cultivating their affiliated union with the current Pontiff of the Holy Church of God Pope Francis, to those who preceded him and to those who will come. This communion is what moves me to subscribe these letters.

With my affection and blessing.
Moyobamba, January 2, 2024, Memory of the Holy Bishops and Doctors St. Basil and St. Gregory the Great

+Rafael Escudero López-Brea
Prelate Bishop of Moyobamba

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