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Pope says Africans are ‘special case’ when it comes to LGBT blessings

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Pope says Africans are ‘special case’ when it comes to LGBT blessings

Pope Francis meets Central African Republic's President Faustin-Archange Touadera at the Vatican , January 27, 2024.

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Blessings for same-sex couples are allowed in a document called Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust), causing a widespread debate in the Catholic Church, with particularly strong resistance coming from African bishops

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said in an interview published on Monday, January 29, that Africans were a “special case” in the opposition of bishops and many other people in the continent to homosexuality.

But he said he was confident that, except for Africans, critics of his decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples would eventually understand it.

Blessings were allowed last month in a document called Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust), which has caused widespread debate in the Catholic Church, with particularly strong resistance coming from African bishops.

“Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups,” Francis told Italian newspaper La Stampa. “A special case are Africans: for them homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it”.

“But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ declaration by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide,” the Pope said.

Last week, Francis appeared to acknowledge the pushback the document received, especially in Africa, where bishops have effectively rejected it and where in some countries same-sex can lead to prison or even the death penalty.

Vatican moves to calm bishops over same-sex blessings approval

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He said that when the blessings are given, priests should “naturally take into account the context, the sensitivities, the places where one lives and the most appropriate ways to do it”.

In the interview with La Stampa, Francis said he was not concerned about the risk of conservatives breaking away from the Catholic Church due to his reforms, saying that talk of a schism is always led by “small groups.”

“We must leave them to it and move on…and look forward”, he said.

Turning to Israel and the Palestinians, he said “true peace” between them will not materialize until a two-state solution is implemented and lamented that their conflict was widening.

Francis confirmed he is scheduled to meet the president of his native Argentina, Javier Milei, on Februar 11, and that finally visiting the country – where he has not returned since becoming pope in 2013 – is a possibility.

He said his agenda for 2024 currently includes trips to Belgium, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Speaking about his health, which has taken some knocks in recent years with hospitalizations, mobility problems and cancelled trips or events, the 87-year-old said, “there are some aches and pains but it’s better now, I’m fine.”

Pope Francis’ approval of blessings for LGBTQ+ couples is historic gesture, according to Catholic theologian

Pope Francis’ approval of blessings for LGBTQ+ couples is historic gesture, according to Catholic theologian

– Rappler.com

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  1. AM

    How could there be a double standard regarding Vatican sanctioned same sex union blessings? This is getting too confusing for the devout.

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