I mentioned several years ago that my then congregation was chartered under the auspices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA has a squishy attitude toward abortion, and had recently approved the ordination of gay individuals if they are in so called "committed" relationships. Part of the reason this came up was because the presiding Bishop at the time had a daughter who was gay. This had nothing to do with following the Bible, and everything to do with the ego of the persons interpreting faith for us. So, it was with sadness that I left that congregation and joined a Missouri Synod church. While the Missouri Synod has its own problems, they do still attempt to follow the Bible on matters of faith.
Fortunately, the Catholic Church has not given in to the Leftists, and still calls abortion what it is: murder. Now, Pope Francis has Declared Blessings For Same Sex Unions "Illicit" according to the Epoch Times. No doubt the Left will be displeased, but the Pope did the right thing.
The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response of “negative” to a question of whether the Catholic churches have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex on March 15.
Pope Francis approved this response.
“It is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex,” the statement said. What is blessed should be “objectively and positively ordered to receive and express grace” according to the designs of God, the statement explained.
The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit because “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”What this means, I am taking it, is that there won't be any Catholic gay weddings. Just as there are others who are willing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, so there are others who are willing to conduct ceremonies for gay weddings. There really is no need for a Catholic Priest to degrade his office and his Church to satisfy Leftists. Indeed, there is no reason for anyone of conscience to participate in any way in gay weddings.