Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2021 / 20:00 pm
Two cardinals on Thursday upheld the Vatican’s recent statement that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions.
At an online panel hosted by Georgetown University, Cardinal Peter Turkson—prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development—and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston—a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals—were both asked to respond to people “who are disappointed” by the Vatican’s recent statement on same-sex unions.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Monday said that the Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. The document was approved for publication by Pope Francis.
On Thursday, Cardinal O’Malley said that Pope Francis has been both “sensitive and pastoral” with others, while upholding the Church’s teachings.
Pope Francis has made clear he wishes “to be close to people, in the reality and the challenges of their lives, no matter what that may be,” O’Malley said. “At the same time, the Church has a very clear teaching about marriage that needs to be proclaimed,” he added.
“And I think the Holy Father tries to be very sensitive and pastoral in his outreach to people, and to show his concern about individuals, and at the same time, his commitment to fidelity to what the Church’s teaching is about the Sacrament of Marriage,” Cardinal O’Malley said.
Pope Francis has emphasized the dignity of all including those with same-sex attraction, Cardinal Turkson said, adding that the Pope is “calling on families to welcome their children who may have some such tendencies.”
“So the sympathy is there. The concern and the solicitude of a pope,” he said.