The Vatican has refused to allow plans in Germany for same-sex couples to be consecrated in church. It was noted that homosexuals can be blessed as individuals.
The Vatican has refused to allow a plan to bless same-sex couples in Germany. A statement from the Vatican’s faith affairs department noted that “couples are not allowed to be blessed in cases of sexual intercourse outside the institution of marriage.”
The statement, approved by Pope Francisko, said that not allowing plans to bless same-sex couples in Germany should not be seen as unfair discrimination.
“Homosexuals who declare their will to live a life faithful to God, as contained in church teaching, can be blessed as individuals, but for this all sexuality must be waived,” the statement noted. The Vatican noted that any kind of blessing that tends to recognize same-sex relationships is prohibited.
Georg Bätzing, president of the German Conference of Bishops, expressed his opinion that same-sex couples can be blessed in the church. The law, which came into force in Germany on 1 October 2017, paved the way for same-sex couples to marry. But they can’t have a wedding in the Catholic Church. Therefore, a formula was sought for the blessing of the union of same-sex couples.