For the first time, the Pope has responded to opposition to blessing same-sex couples

For the first time, the Pope has responded to opposition to blessing same-sex couples

Pope Francis has for the first time commented on the Fiducia Supplicans declaration on the blessing of same-sex couples, which has caused outrage among some Catholics.

The pontiff believes that people who resisted this decision did not understand its essence and drew “ugly conclusions.”

The head of the Catholic Church said this in the “Che Tempo Che Fa” program on the Italian Channel 9, Reuters reports.

“Sometimes decisions are not made, but in most cases it happens because they are not understood. If you don’t like the decision, talk about it, express your doubts, take part in a brotherly discussion. That’s how things develop.

The danger is that if I don’t like something and I put it in my heart, I become an adversary and draw disgusting conclusions. This is what happened with the recent decision on blessing for all”– commented the Pope.

The pontiff also added that “the Lord blesses everyone” who comes to him.

Screenshot from the video/Source: Reuters

We will remind, on December 18, Pope Francis approved the Fiducia Supplicans declaration, which allows same-sex couples to be blessed, but not married.

At the same time, the Vatican has consistently emphasized that the blessing does not mean approval of homosexual relationships and should not be seen as anything remotely similar to marriage for heterosexual couples.

The declaration caused outrage in the church, and the bishops of some countries, particularly in Africa, forbade their priests to carry out the new directive.

The UGCC also replied that they will not bless same-sex couples, because the declaration does not apply to their believers and concerns only Roman Catholics.

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