German Catholic bishops approved the blessing of same-sex relationships at the final synod, in defiance of the Vatican’s position on such blessings.
The 5-page document “Blessing Ceremony for Loving Couples” was passed in the second reading with 176 votes in favor, 14 against, and 12 abstentions. The votes will be formally adopted as Synodal resolutions.
The document states to bishops, “Officially allow parish blessing ceremonies for couples who love each other but do not have access to sacramental marriage or have not seen themselves at the time of entering sacramental marriage. I am asking.
“This is also true for same-sex couples, based on a reassessment of homosexuality as a normative variant of human sexuality,” it explains.
The German bishops supported the text with 38 votes in favor, 9 against and 11 abstentions.
Maria 1.0, an organization that seeks to uphold traditional Catholic doctrine, tweeted after the vote: Eleven bishops have no opinion and appear to be abstaining. can not understand. ”
The move comes after months of debate as part of the German Catholic Church’s Synodal Way, a reform process aimed at addressing issues such as clerical celibacy, the role of women in the Church and homosexuality. done at the end.
Documents defy the Vatican
However, the document appears to run counter to the 2021 Vatican Declaration that “the Church does not and cannot have the power to bless the union of people of the same sex.”
During a debate, Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke of Eichstätt opposed the proposed move, stating that “this step will not tear us apart in the same way that the Church of England is torn apart.” He said he hopes
After the Church of England decided last month to allow the blessing of same-sex relationships, 12 leading archbishops, mostly from the Global South, have joined forces with the Anglican Church, the historic ancestor of the global Anglican Church. I asked for a breakup.
At a debate in Frankfurt on Friday, Bishop Franz Josef Overbeck of Essen said to applaud from the rally: “I am paying attention to what is happening in Africa, but if we are here I hope that other people will respect what I am doing.”
Blessings of same-sex relationships by Catholic priests have been common in Germany for many years, and many bishops tolerated them.
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