German priests defy Vatican to bless gay couples

Priests in around 100 Catholic churches in Germany are offering blessings to same-sex couples from Monday. The Love Wins movement emerged after the Catholic Church said in March that God “cannot bless sin”. “Couples who take part should receive the blessing that God wants to give them – without any secrecy,” the group wrote earlier. Pope Francis has previously said he believes same-sex couples show be allowed to have “civil unions”. Last year, he told a documentary that these couples “have a right to be in a family”. However, he has also approved the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s stance that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. In the Catholic Church, a blessing is given by a priest or other minister in the name of the Church. The Vatican’s response was “not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite”, the Pope said at the time. Love Wins, however, described the Church’s decision to deny same-sex couples blessings as “a slap in the face for people around the world”.

Thousands of German priests and church employees have also signed a petition calling on the Church to extend blessings to same-sex couples, while some parishes have also displayed rainbow flags outside churches. The Catholic Church in Germany is more liberal and wealthy than many other countries and the increasingly vocal acceptance of gay couples will be hard for the Vatican to ignore, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness in Berlin says. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Germany since 2017 and the country has also banned so-called “gay conversion therapy” for under-18s.

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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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