The Holy See has confirmed the impossibility for homosexual couples to receive the sacraments of marriage. A clarification while Pope Francis had affirmed a few months ago his support for « civil unions » of people of the same sex.
The Vatican reaffirmed Monday the doctrine of the Catholic Church considering homosexuality as a « sin » and confirmed the impossibility for same-sex couples to receive the sacraments of marriage, reserved for « the indissoluble union between a man and a woman ».
The official position of the Holy See clarified
« No », decided the congregation in its document, signed by Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of this powerful office.
« When a blessing is invoked on certain human relationships, it is necessary (…) that what is blessed be objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace, according to the purposes of God (…). Only the realities which are in themselves ordered to serve these plans are therefore compatible with the essence of the blessing given by the Church, ” continues the congregation.
« For this reason, it is not lawful to give a blessing to relationships or partnerships, even stable ones, which involve a sexual practice outside marriage (that is to say outside the indissoluble union of a man and ‘a woman open in herself to the transmission of life) « , assures the congregation.
A position validated by Pope Francis
« For the reasons mentioned above, the Church does not have, nor can it have, the power to bless same-sex unions in the sense indicated above », concludes the congregation, stressing that Pope Francis has read and approved this text.
Let’s recall that five months ago, the remarks of the Pope estimating that « homosexual people have the right to be in family » and that they had « the right to be legally covered » had provoked a controversy, before the Vatican does not specify that Francis had in no way questioned in this way the dogma of marriage between a man and a woman.