The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) recently declared that the Catholic Church does not “have the power to give the blessing (sic.) to unions of persons of the same sex.”
(Please try to ignore for a moment the linguistic limitations that seem to afflict almost every office of the Roman Curia these days and just try to follow the logic here.)
Predictably, a whole lot of LGBTQ+ Catholics and their supporters were extremely upset by this CDF statement, which was issued on March 15 as a one-word responsum (answer) to an 18-word dubium (question). And the answer, as everyone should have expected, was “negative”.
But it wasn’t the responsum per se that caused so much hurt and anger. It was the one-and-a-half-page “explanatory note” that followed, which stated that “he cannot and does not bless sin”. “He”, of course, being God.
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