CNA Staff, Mar 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm
More than 200 professors of theology in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples.
The statement, drafted at the University of Münster, described the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) clarification as lacking “theological depth, hermeneutical understanding, and explanatory rigor.”
“If scientific findings are ignored and not received, as is the case in the document, the Magisterium undermines its own authority,” the professors said, according to CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.
“The text is characterized by a paternalistic gesture of superiority and discriminates against homosexual people and their life plans.”
The CDF issued a “Responsum ad dubium” March 15 replying to the question, “does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” The doctrinal congregation answered, “Negative,” explaining its reasoning in an “explanatory note” and accompanying commentary.
The ruling was approved for publication by Pope Francis and signed by CDF prefect Cardinal Luis Ladaria and secretary Archbishop Giacomo Morandi.
The document has provoked strong reactions in German-speaking countries, where a number of bishops have publicly voiced support for the blessing of same-sex unions. They include Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German bishops’ conference.
Bätzing said March 15 that the CDF’s response reflected “the state of Church teaching as expressed in several Roman documents.”