Pope Francis Reaffirms Stance: No Female Priests, Yet Open to Blessing Same-Sex Unions

Pope Francis may be considering a shift in the Catholic Church’s stance on same-sex marriage while addressing concerns about women’s ordination.

Pope Francis Hints at Blessings for Same-Sex Unions 

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Pope Francis has revisited previous Catholic Church teachings, indicating the possibility of priests offering blessings for individuals in same-sex unions on a case-by-case basis, reflecting a potential shift toward inclusivity.

A Shift in Doctrine? 

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The Pope’s remarks were made in response to a letter from five conservative cardinals, known as a “dubia,” seeking clarity on Church teachings, including inquiries about same-sex unions and women’s ordination.

Critics Seek Clarification on Catholicism

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Cardinals Walter Brandmuller, Raymond Leo Burke, Juan Sandoval Iniguez, Robert Sarah, and Joseph Zen Ze-kiun sent a letter to Pope Francis in July, focusing on critical questions about the Church’s stance on various issues.

Doubts and Questions on Same-Sex Teachings

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The formal “dubia” letter questioned the Pope’s intentions regarding same-sex unions and whether he would allow women priests into the church. 

Cardinals Express Dissatisfaction and Seek Additional Clarity

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Dissatisfied with the initial response, the cardinals reworded and resent the “dubia” letter, saying that they needed a yes or no response due to the “gravity of the situation.”

Pope Francis’ Answers Revealed 

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The Vatican, through Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, the new chief of doctrine, released a letter dated September 25 containing Pope Francis’ responses to the “dubia” questions.

Pope Francis Reaffirms Traditional Stance on Marriage

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In the letter, Pope Francis began by affirming the Catholic Church’s firm stance that marriage should stay between a man and woman, but he did make a surprising response about same-sex blessings.

Potential Progress for LGBTQ+ Catholics

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Pope Francis, while affirming the traditional view of marriage, indicated an openness to blessing individuals in same-sex unions, signaling a change from his earlier stance.

Pope Francis’ Evolving Position on Blessing Same-Sex Unions

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The Pope’s current position on blessing individuals in same-sex unions contrasts with his previous statement in March, where he stated that the Church could not bless such unions, “When you ask for a blessing, you are expressing a request for help from God, a prayer to be able to live better, a trust in a father who can help us live better,” he recently said.

German Church Leads the Way

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The Pope’s shift aligned with a German Church decision in March, where several priests blessed same-sex unions in Cologne, potentially influencing the Pope’s evolving stance.

Pope Francis Seeks to Educate Those Interested in Women Priests

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While reaffirming the Church’s stance against women’s ordination, Pope Francis expressed the need for further study to educate those who doubt this doctrine.

Why Can’t Priests Be Women?

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The Pope said he had “No authority” to ordain women priests but also reaffirmed that “it will be difficult to accept that the priesthood is reserved only for men and we will not be able to recognize the rights of women” unless people are educated on the matter.

Conservative Concerns About Church’s Direction in the 21st Century

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It has been reported that some conservatives have criticized Pope Francis and worry that women will have the right to Catholic leadership along with same-sex marriages on the horizon.

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