Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel and the entire Flemish Episcopate of Belgium have published a liturgy for the blessing of same-sex unions. The three-page text includes a liturgical structure and two prayers for homosexual spouses and the community.
In February 2021the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asserted, however, that the blessing of same-sex unions – as a relationship that involves sexual practice outside marriage – could not be considered lawful:
Therefore, to be consistent with the nature of the sacramentals, when a blessing is invoked upon certain human relationships, it is necessary – besides the right intention of those who participate in it – that what is blessed be objectively and positively ordered to be received. and to express grace, according to the purposes of God inscribed in Creation and fully revealed by Christ the Lord. Only those realities which are in themselves ordained to serve these plans are therefore compatible with the essence of the blessing given by the Church.
For this reason, it is not lawful to give a blessing to relationships or partnerships, even stable ones, which involve sexual practice outside marriage (i.e. outside the indissoluble union of a man and a a woman open in herself to the transmission of life), as is the case with unions between people of the same sex. The presence in these relationships of positive elements, which in themselves should be appreciated and valued, is not, however, of a nature to justify them and thus make them legitimately susceptible to an ecclesial blessing, since these elements are found at the service of unordered union to the Creator’s purpose.
Moreover, the blessings on persons being linked to the sacraments, the blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered as licit, because it would constitute in some way an imitation or an analogical reference to the nuptial blessing invoked on the man and the woman who unite in the sacrament of marriage, since “there is no basis for equating or establishing even remote analogies between same-sex unions and God’s plan for marriage and the family”.
The announcement of the initiative on the website of the Catholic Church Belgium expressly refers to the words of Pope Francis and to Amoris Laetitia as sources of the desire of the bishops of
“to give a concrete response and fulfillment to the desire to give explicit attention to the situation of homosexual people, their parents and their families in the development of their policies”.
In this text dating from 2015, the pope explained that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, must be “respected in their dignity and welcomed with respect”.
To allow the implementation of this pastoral care, the Flemish bishops announce the appointment of an interdiocesan coordinator in charge of the pastoral care of homosexual people, Willy Bombeek, layman and himself homosexual. Yes.
Jeanne Smiths translated the prayers question and comment:
It is about the blessing, not of people who are reminded of God’s love, and who are called to keep the divine commandments regardless of their personal faults and weaknesses, but of self-proclaimed lovers who appeal to their “sexual orientation” in order to obtain official recognition of their sexual behavior, which is objectively a serious sin. This amounts, in effect, to calling mortal sin cause for joy and “rejoicing”, going so far as to thank God for the fact that the members of the homosexual couple have “found each other”.
It is difficult to conceive of more disorderly action on the part of the priests of the Catholic Church, who would thus encourage their flock to choose to offend God and who would “bless” acts which cut them off from the grace of God by making them run the risk of eternal damnation. Yet it is bishops, and even a cardinal, who prescribe this!
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