The Major Cause of the Vatican´s Declaration on the Blessing of Same-Sex Couples

The Major cause of the Vatican´s Declaration on the blessing of same-sex couples should actually be one of the attracting concerns. However, from the look of things, little or no attention may have been paid to this particular dimension of thought, especially as it concerns the various trends on the social media space.

The Major Cause of the Vatican´s Declaration on the Blessing of Same-Sex Couples The Scope of the Document:

It is also good to highlight that the scope of the document does not only cover the marriage of same-sex couples, but to all those who are in “irregular situations” in marriage. This may also include, namely: those on free union, that is, couples living together with the reception of the marital sacraments; those whose marriages have not been annulled and are already living with other partners; those in polygamous marriages; etc.

How the Declaration was Received:

The declaration appear to be somewhat controversial in nature. It has gained to itself so much interpretation, from both sides of positivity and negativity. For some who are on the negative side, the document appears to be a bit insensitive to all the cultures of the world.

While for those standing on the defensive and positive side, they tend to underline that the document has been read with prejudice and bias. They maintain that the document is very distinct and clear. They even underline that those who criticise the work may be doing so from the point of view of poor knowledge of the realities of the diverse cultures and recent cultural crisis all over the world now.

The “All” Important Question:

Nevertheless, the point here may not be to throw more light on the doctrinal basis of the Vatican´s Declaration of the document “Fiducia Supplican” (Supplicating Trust), rather an understudy of its possible stimulant.

Firstly, the following question is worth asking: If the Vatican claims that the document is not meant to make any changes to what has always been the church´s position on the sacrament of matrimony, then what is the need of producing a new document?

This question – as an intro to the theme on “the major cause” of this declaration – finds its preliminary response in the first line of the document, precisely the “Presentation” made by the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF), Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández. The opening line states: “This Declaration considers several questions that have come to this Dicastery in recent years”.

You can find the document “Fiducia Supplican” (Supplicating Trust), here.

Going by that preliminary intro and from the sources at reach, it could be supposed that this is not the first time the Catholic Church is issuing papers on this theme, but it may have stood out this time, a bit controversial, for its commingling with the theme of “Blessing”, which it devoted a greater chunk of the pages explaining.

Sadly, it appears as if the church turned out to be the victim of what she was actually trying to victimise.

Attempted Response to the Issue Raise:

On a clearer spectrum, the very cause of disagreement is illustrated as follows:

In September 2022, the bishops of the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium published a blessing ceremony for same-sex couples in their dioceses. It was a move, which appeared to be in stark contrast to the DDF’s February 2021 affirmation that the Church did not have the power to impart blessings on unions of persons of the same sex.

As such, the declaration “Fiducia Supplican” of the DDF duly signed by the Holy Father Francis builds upon many of the themes, which Pope Francis laid out in his response to the cardinals on the 5 “dubia”, which was published by the Vatican in October.

Just this past March of the year 2023, the controversial German “Synodal Way” (Der Synodale Weg or Synodaler Weg) gave approval to a resolution to establish a formal liturgical blessing of same-sex unions as well as divorced and remarried Catholics.

Also in August, the archbishop of Berlin stated that he would not discipline priests who provided such blessings, and even went forward to publish a roster of clergy willing to offer them.

In the midst of all these tumults and contentions, in july of 2023, a group of cardinals had to write to the pope requesting for clarification on the Church’s stance on same-sex blessings, among other issues.

It is against this backdrop that the document “Fiducia Supplicans” was released on the 18th day of December, a day after the birthday of the Pope Francis, with the subtitle: “On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings”.

More Highlights on the Catholic Church:

  1. Preliminares del Sínodo de la Sinodalidad y Las 5 Dudas de Los Cardenales
  2. Jesus Reemphasises The Blessedness of Mary: The “Hail Mary” Prayer (CF. Luke 11:27-28)

Resumen:

Summarily, one can say that it is a document that was bone out of a grave necessity of response. It was also requested to serve as a clarity piece for the evolving erroneous liturgical practises in some parts of the world as regards the sacrament of matrimony.

Possibly, there may not have been a document as this, if the cardinals may not  have sought for clarity and precision. Or even, the church may likely have turned a blind-eye to those rising aliturgical and undoctrinal practises that are trying to infiltrate the church´s divine tradition and law.

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