Belgian Flemish-speaking bishops have approved a blessing ceremony for homosexual couples, using several statements by Pope Francis to challenge the Vatican doctrinal office’s ban that said God “cannot bless sin”.
The three-page Belgian document said “such a prayerful moment can be quite simple. The difference with what the Church understands as a sacramental marriage must also remain clear.”
After suggesting prayer texts for the couple and the whole congregation, the document says the ceremony should end with an “intercession, Our Father, closing prayer (and) blessing”.
SAME SEX BLESSINGS IN CHURCH HISTORY
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe” (Villard Books) asserts that from the 8th to the 18th Centuries, the Catholic church sanctioned same-sex unions and offered ceremonies complete with prayers for the couple’s union, Holy Communion and rubrics directing the couple to kiss a book of the Gospel, the priest and one another
This is a very big development in the RCC.
Now, Belgian and German bishops are determined to go against the Vatican on this major issue.
I can’t see either sets of bishops backing down.
It will be hard for the Vatican to back down.
That means a collision is on the table.
Will ot lead to a new Reformation?
But. The RCC has a history of blessing sane sex unions.