The Catholic Church issued a statement today declaring it does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the church's office on matters of orthodoxy, today issued a
two-page Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
which explained that while members of the
+ community are welcome to worship in the church, same-sex unions do not reflect the design of the creator according to doctrine and cannot be blessed.
Noting that "it is necessary that what is blessed be objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace, according to the designs of God inscribed in creation," the church declared "it is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage." Since the church defines marriage as between "a man and a woman," same-sex unions are therefore illicit.
The statement went on to acknowledge the "presence in such relationships of positive elements, which are in themselves to be valued and appreciated," but that these "positive elements exist within the context of a union not ordered to the Creator's plan."
In Monday's statement, the church reminded followers that "God Himself never ceases to bless each of His pilgrim children in this world" but that "he does not and cannot bless sin." And since the church still view same-sex sexual relations as sinful, "the Church does not have, and cannot have the power to bless unions of persons of the same sex."