Russian Church Sets Out Orthodox Rejection Of Same-Sex “Blessings”

In its first detailed analysis of the Vatican’s pre-Christmas declaration “Fiducia Supplicans,” Russia’s Orthodox Church has accused Pope Francis of “rejecting the Christian moral ideal” by allowing the blessing of same-sex couples. “While affirming the inviolable understanding of marriage as a union of man and woman … the entire section of the document devoted to … Read more

Catholic Ties with Muslim Leaders Reportedly Derailed by Same-Sex Blessings

Catholic clergy from Egypt have warned that ties with Orthodox and Islamic leaders are being derailed by a Vatican decision to allow the blessing of same-sex couples, after the country’s influential Coptic Orthodox Church suspended dialogue over the issue. “The pope and Vatican misjudged the timing of their declaration last December — it was widely … Read more

Tucho Dismisses Critics Of Same-Sex Blessings

THE Vatican has insisted that Roman Catholic bishops must eventually allow their clergy to bless same-sex couples, despite top-level criticism of a pre-Christmas Declaration, Fiducia Supplicans, conditionally approving the practice (News, 22/29 December 2023, 5 January). “Prudence and attention to the ecclesial context and to local culture could allow for different methods of application, but … Read more