Pope Francis suggests blessings for gay unions possible in response to conservative cardinals

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10/04/2023

Pope Francis has suggested there could be ways to bless same-sex unions, responding to five conservative cardinals who challenged him to affirm church teaching on homosexuality ahead of a big meeting where LGBTQ+ Catholics are on the agenda. The Vatican on Monday published a letter Francis wrote to the cardinals on 11 July after receiving a list of five questions from them a day earlier. Francis suggests such blessings could be studied if they didn’t confuse the blessing with sacramental marriage. New Ways Ministry, which advocates for LGBTQ+ Catholics, said the letter significantly advances efforts to make LGBTQ+ Catholics welcomed in the church and was “one big straw towards breaking the camel’s back” in their marginalisation.

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