German Catholic clergy rebel against Vatican over same-sex unions

German Catholic theologians and clergy have mobilized against a recent ruling from the Vaticano that said the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions.

The rulingis characterized by a paternalistic gesture of superiority and discriminates against homosexual people and their lifestyles,” de acuerdo a un declaración put together by the Catholic Theological faculty at Munster University, published Tuesday.
We decisively distance ourselves from this position,” decía.
    The statement, Firmado por 266 theologians, said the ruling lackstheological depth, hermeneutical understanding as well as argumentative stringency.
      While some of their number support the Vatican position, other prominent Catholic clergy in Germany have spoken out against the ruling, which was approved by Pope Francis and published March 15.
        The Limburg diocese posted this profile picture on Facebook on March 17.

        A document that in its argumentation so blatantly excludes any progress in theological and human scientific knowledge will lead to pastoral practice ignoring it,” Georg Bätzing, Bishop of Limburg, dijo en un declaración published on Facebook on Wednesday.
        We need a re-evaluation of same-sex partnerships and a further development of the church’s sexual morality.
          Bätzing’s diocese also updated its Facebook profile photo to an image of Limburg Cathedral surrounded by a rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT community, and the phrase “#LoveIsNoSin.
          Bätzing is the head of the German BishopsConference, the Catholic church’s ruling body in Germany.
          CNN has contacted the conference for comment.
          Christoph Lentz, rector of the Pallottine community in Friedberg, Bavaria, also criticized the Vatican ruling, saying it wasunspeakable, intolerable and incomprehensible to people.
          We are here to bless, no matter how and no matter whom,” Lentz said in a declaración. “We want to be an open church where everyone feels at home.
          Since Friday afternoon the community has flown a rainbow flag with a phrase from Genesis 12:2 que lee: “You shall be a blessing.
          The Vatican ruling is a setback for Catholics who had hoped the institution would modernize its approach to homosexuality.
          Docenas de paises, incluir muchos en Europa occidental, han legalizado los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo, and the church’s reluctance to embrace LGBTQ people has long held the potential to alienate it from younger followers.
          While Pope Francis has frequently been praised for his welcoming tone toward LGBTQ people both within and outside the church, he approved the March 15 declaración.
          “La bendición de las uniones homosexuales no puede considerarse lícita,” wrote the Vatican’s top doctrinal office, la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.
          “No es lícito impartir una bendición a las relaciones o asociaciones., incluso estable, que impliquen actividad sexual fuera del matrimonio, como es el caso de las uniones entre personas del mismo sexo,” the statement reads.
          Bendición de las uniones del mismo sexo, the Vatican says, enviaría una señal de que la Iglesia Católica aprueba y alienta “una elección y una forma de vida que no puede reconocerse como ordenada objetivamente a los planes revelados de Dios.”
          La declaración dice que “Dios mismo nunca deja de bendecir a cada uno de sus hijos peregrinos en este mundo.…pero él no bendice ni puede bendecir el pecado.”
          Among the German Catholic clergy that support the Vatican’s position are the bishops of Regensburg, Passau, Görlitz and Eichstätt, KNA, the German Bishops Conference news agency, informes.
          Same-sex unions are the latest issue on which the German Catholic church has clashed with the Vatican in recent years.
            En 2019, it revealed plans for a two-year process of reckoning and reform, to rebuild public trust in the wake of a shocking report into child sexual abuse in the church.
            These plans, which included debating priestly celibacy and whether to allow women to play bigger roles in ecclesiastical life, attracted criticism from the Vatican.

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