Cardinal McElroy Claims Opponents of Homosexual Couple “Blessings” have an “Enduring Animus Towards LGBT Persons”

Opposition from U.S. Catholics to the recent Vatican declaration lifting a ban on blessing gay couples is the result of “an enduring animus among far too many toward LGBT persons,” Cardinal McElroy stated this weekend at the Religious Education Congress sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The cardinal caused an uproar in 2023 when he suggested sodomy is not necessarily serious sin, despite the well-known biblical condemnation of the act as an “abomination” and enduring Catholic teaching condemning homosexual acts.

In a separate article, McElroy advocated scrubbing the traditional distinction between temptation and sin when dealing with homosexuality, asserting those who resist their sinful inclinations are no different from those who give into them.

“The distinction between orientation and activity cannot be the principal focus for such a pastoral embrace because it inevitably suggests dividing the L.G.B.T. community into those who refrain from sexual activity and those who do not,” the cardinal said, while urging that both groups be invited to receive the Eucharist.

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