“Pope Francis says priests cannot bless same sex unions, dashing hopes of gay Catholics,” ran The Washington Post‘s headline. CNN’s report described the Vatican’s statement as “combative,” warning that the move “threatens to widen the chasm between the church and much of the LGBTQ community.”
(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media) On Monday, the Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s 2,000-year-old doctrine that marriage is between one man and one woman and that homosexual acts are illicit. Therefore, the Vatican stated that the church cannot bless same-sex weddings because that would lead to confusion about the doctrine of marriage.
This should not surprise anyone with a basic familiarity with historic Christianity or with the Roman Catholic Church. The New Testament clearly condemns homosexual activity and Jesus explicitly affirmed the teaching of Genesis that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Catholic Church has a 2,000-year tradition of upholding this basic definition of marriage that, in historical terms, only came under fire yesterday.
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