In Direct Violation of Fiducia Supplicans, Kentucky Priest ‘Blesses’ Women Civilly ‘Married’ for 22 Years

Will Bishop Stowe hold Fr. Richard Watson accountable?

A Catholic church in Lexington, Kentucky, hosted a “blessing” of a same-sex couple that had been civilly “married” for 22 years, citing the Vatican’s heterodox declaration Fiducia Supplicans. 

The Saint Paul Catholic Church parish posted a picture of the “blessing” on their official Facebook page, showing the parish priest Fr. Richard Watson wearing a rainbow stole and extending his hands for a “blessing” over the lesbian couple close to the altar inside the church. 

History was made Sunday at Historic Saint Paul Catholic Church,” the text accompanying the photo read. “This same-sex couple, civilly married for 22 years, asked for a blessing which Fr Richard freely offered according to the guidelines in Fiducia Supplicans.” 

The heterodox pro-LGBT outlet “Outreach Catholic,” edited by Fr. James Martin, celebrated the same-sex “blessing” held at Saint Paul Catholic Church. 

“History continues to be made in the church: a priest blesses a same-sex couple, according to the guidelines set out in ‘Fiducia Supplicans,’ in the Diocese of Lexington,” Outreach wrote on its official X (formerly Twitter) page. 

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