The Vatican announces that Christian priests cannot bless same-sex marriages as such blessings “cannot be considered licit”, The Guardian reported. The announcement was approved by Pope Francis.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, issued the decree on March 15. The decree said that homosexual unions cannot be blessed as God “does not bless sin”.
It further said that marriage between a man and woman was part of god’s plan, and since same-sex unions were not intended to be part of that plan, they could not be blessed by the church.
“God does not and cannot bless sin”, it stated. “He blesses sinful man, so that he may recognize that he is part of his plan of love and allow him to be changed by him,” the decree said.