Vienna, Austria, Mar 25, 2021 / 21:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has declared he was “not happy with the explanation of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith”, since the message reported by the dicastery was “only a no”, and declared he would, under certain circumstances, bless same-sex unions.
The CDF said March 15 that the Church hasn’t the power to bless same-sex unions.
Speaking to the diocesan newspaper “Der Sonntag” in an interview published March 24, the Archbishop of Vienna compared the Church to a mother, saying, “a mother will not refuse to bless” her children, “even when her son or her daughter is going through a problem in life”.
Acknowledging that the CDF's explanatory note had clarified that there could be no blessing of homosexual unions in the Church for several reasons, including the fact that such unions are not the same as marriage, whether sacramental or natural, Cardinal Schönborn nonetheless confirmed he would “not refuse” blessing same-sex unions.
“If the request for the blessing is not a show, that is, not just a kind of culmination of an external ritual, if the request for the blessing is sincere, it is really the request for God's blessing for a life path that two people, in whatever situation, are trying to walk, then they will not be denied this blessing.”