Priests and dioceses all over Germany have joined the “Liebe Gewinnt” o “Love Wins” iniziativa, with blessings taking place this week in cities like Berlin, Munich and Cologne, home to Germany’s largest archdiocese, as well as rural areas.
The March ban on blessings, which Pope Francis approved, sparked dissent within the church and surprised many because he has been more conciliatory towards gay people than perhaps any other pontiff.
The Pope has held meetings with gay couples and encouraged those who want to raise their children in the church to do so. Nel 2013, he made the now-famous remark “Who am I to judge” about gay people seeking God and trying to live by the church’s rules.
The church teaches that being gay is not inherently sinful but forbids same-sex sexual activity.
Nel mese di marzo, più di 2,000 preti, theologians and other members of the Catholic Church in Germany and Austria signed a petition in favor of blessing same-sex couples.
“When someone says that something cannot be discussed anymore, I find that unreasonable and inappropriate,” Olding said, adding that the church had lost touch with its LGBT+ followers.
“I live in the centre of society. I don’t want to be separated from the daily living reality of the people I accompany as a priest.”
According to the Pew Research Center, a US-based think-tank, 86% of Germans think homosexuality should be accepted.