African Catholics exempted from blessing same-sex couples: Pope

ROME- Pope Francis says African Catholics are exempted from blessing same-sex marriage because their culture does not tolerate homosexuality, describing Africans as a “special case.” Mr Fancis disclosed this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa published on Monday. “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups. A special case are (sic) Africans: for them, homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it,” Mr Francis said. The pope, however, said everyone would appreciate the idea of blessing same-sex marriage as contained in “Fiducia supplicans.” “But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia supplicans’ declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide. He invites us to welcome and then entrust people and ourselves to God,” Mr Francis said. The pope’s stance comes in the wake of opposition that followed “Fiducia supplicans,” a document from the Vatican, allowing blessing for same-sex marriage.  Asked if he fears “schism,” possibly breaking from the Catholic fold by those who …

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African Bishops reject same-sex marriage– Catholic priest

NEW YORK- A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Jean-Miguel Auguste has commended the stand of Catholic Bishops in Africa on blessing same-sex couples, saying “Africa is the only continent that will save the world’’. Auguste, a priest of Brooklyn diocese, who said this in his homily at St. Pius X Parish, New York, on Sunday praised the courage of the Catholic Church in Africa. Pope Francis had on Dec. 18  formally approved letting Catholic priests bless same-sex couples, a radical shift in policy that aimed at making the church more inclusive while maintaining its strict ban on gay marriage. The document from the Vatican’s doctrine office elaborated on a letter Francis sent to two conservative cardinals that was published in October. In that preliminary response, Francis suggested such blessings could be offered under some circumstances, if the blessings weren’t confused with the ritual of marriage. However, Catholic bishops in Africa had said they would not implement the new Vatican policy allowing blessing for same sex-couples. “Africa is the only continent that will save the world. “Today, all the bishops in Africa said to the …

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Church Of England Endorses To Offer Blessings To Same-Sex Couples

By Ogechi Okorie The Church of England’s governing body on Thursday endorsed plans to let priests offer blessings to same-sex couples, after hours of acrimonious debate highlighting deep Anglican divisions on the issue. The Church’s General Synod — comprising hundreds of elected members, which meets two or three times a year — backed the proposals by a wide margin following an eight-hour debate across two days. A total of 250 bishops, clergy and laity supported the reforms, while 181 opposed them and 10 abstained, at a vote held at the Synod gathering in central London. Unveiled last month after nearly six years of internal debate, the plans will not change rules banning Anglican priests from officiating at weddings of same-sex couples. Synod members supported an amendment endorsing that stance, while also voting in favour of the proposal to allow blessings for civil marriages or civil partnerships in a church. They also recognised “the failure of the Church to be welcoming” to LGBTQ people, following an unprecedented apology last month by bishops for the “hostile and homophobic response” they have sometimes faced. …

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