Vatican to give blessings for same-sex couples – level 3

25-12-2023 15:00

In a historic decision approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican announced that Roman Catholic priests can now give blessings to same-sex couples.

This landmark ruling overturned a 2021 declaration, and it allows priests to perform blessings as long as they aren’t part of regular Church rituals. The Vatican emphasizes that such blessings don’t legitimize irregular situations but symbolize God’s acceptance of all individuals. It explicitly distinguishes these blessings from the sacrament of heterosexual marriage. Priests are granted discretion on a case-by-case basis to support individuals seeking God’s help through a simple blessing.

While the Church maintains that same-sex attraction is not sinful, it acknowledges that homosexual acts are. The move has been praised by advocates for LGBT rights in the Church but is likely to face opposition from conservatives, raising concerns about potential schisms.

Difficult words: explicitly (in a clear and detailed manner), sacrament (an important religious ceremony in the Christian Church), schism (a division or conflict within an organization).

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