Archbishop of Dublin Says Priests Cannot Deny Same-Sex Couples A Blessing

Couples in so-called irregular unions, including same sex couples, cannot be refused a blessing by a Catholic priest, Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has said.

In a statement on Monday he noted how last month’s Vatican declaration on the matter said “prudence and attention to the ecclesial context and to the local culture” could allow for different forms of blessing, but not for “a total or definitive denial.”

He noted how this latter point was emphasised in the Vatican declaration and said “anyone who, in good faith, seeks a blessing is turning towards the Lord and his way.”

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