The progressive Catholic Priests in Germany have started blessing same-sex couples, defying a Vatican ban on such marriage!
Earlier in March, the Vatican’s Doctrinal Office issued a statement, advising the Priests to not bless same-sex unions. According to the statement, the Catholic clergy cannot bless the union as God “cannot bless sin”! The movement Love Wins emerged after the Catholic Church said that God “cannot bless sin”. As expected, the Conservatives welcomed the move. However, it displeased the advocates of the LGBTQ Catholics Community across the globe. Many priests in Germany have openly opposed the Vatican’s order and have continued to bless gay and lesbian couples.
The Vatican’s announcement also triggered the Love Wins movement in Germany and some other countries. Several church services have also started celebrating same-sex unions, thus, escalating tension between the Conservatives and Progressives. Thousands of priests in Germany are backing the movement, as they have signed a petition, asking the Church to extend blessing to same-sex couples and to put up rainbow flags outside churches.
Experts are of the opinion that the Vatican and its Conservative followers would be cornered, if they fail to change their attitude towards the society. With the changing needs of the Civil Society, it is expected that Religion, too, would try to change its views on various social issues. Else, it would be difficult for Religion to survive. Unlike the State, the survival of Religion is based on the weaknesses of members of the society.
Pope Francis previously said that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions“. In 2020, he told a documentary that these couples “have a right to be in a family“. However, he also approved the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith‘s stance that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions!
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