Ecclesiastical Province of Rennes, France: No Blessings for Homosexual or Irregular Couples

The bishops of the ecclesiastical Province of Rennes have asked not to bless homosexual and irregular “couples”, but only individual people. This declaration constitutes an interesting step in the episcopal criticisms and clarifications with regard to Fiducia supplicans .

Here is an excerpt from that statement:

In our society where marriage has been trivialized by becoming a notion of civil law which ignores the founding specificity of sexual difference, we have the mission to affirm in a prophetic way, “with gentleness and respect” (1 Pt 3:16) , the great beauty of the design of God who created the human being, man and woman, and which Christ recalled. In this context, it is therefore right, as the Declaration emphasizes, not to contribute to creating “confusion” (n. 4, 5, 30, 31, 39) or “scandal” (n. 30, 39). ). This is why it is appropriate to bless spontaneously, individually, each of the two people forming a couple, whatever their sexual orientation, who ask God’s blessing with humility and with the desire to conform more and more to his holy will.

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