Pope Francis approved the latest attack by the Vatican on same-sex relationships
In a callous rejection of love and tolerance, the Vatican has declared that homosexuality is an aberrant choice and that same-sex unions are a sin that can never be blessed by God.
As pressure grows for the Catholic Church to recognise same-sex relationships, the Vatican has lashed out at the LGBTQ community in a bid to assert its outdated, discriminatory and dehumanising dogma.
In a statement issued on Monday by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, the church said that it cannot ever bless same-sex unions.
It insisted that “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”
This is because, explained the Vatican, same-sex unions involve sexual activity outside of marriage, which it defines as a union between a man and a woman that allows for “the transmission of life”.
It further described homosexuality as “a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognised as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God.”
And while the church said that it is not opposed to blessings given to “individual persons with homosexual inclinations” this cannot extend to their same-sex unions or relationships.
God “does not and cannot bless sin,” added the Vatican.
“This statement is hurtful to same-sex couples… who live deeply loving and committed relationships.”
DignityUSA, an organisation of LGBTQI Catholics, said it was “deeply disappointed” by the Vatican’s statement which it called “a setback” for inclusion and acceptance in the church.
“This statement is hurtful to same-sex couples and dismissive of the grace demonstrated by same-sex couples who live deeply loving and committed relationships,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “It harms families of LGBTQ+ people and young LGBTQ+ people who hoped the church would be more affirming, and even hoped to be married in the church someday.”
The Pope, who is known to be more progressive than his predecessors, has walked a fine line in expressing his personal views on LGBTQ people and upholding Catholic orthodoxy.
In October last year, he caused a stir when he said that he approved of the legal recognition of same-sex unions, but he did not pronounce on their religious recognition.
In fact, Pope Francis has been clear in the past that he is not in favour of marriage equality and that true marriage is only possible between a man and a woman.
He has also remained opposed to the recognition of transgender people and gender diversity, describing these in public statements as threats to the family and humanity.