Munich, Germany, Dec 24, 2019 / 12:30 pm
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has expressed the view that homosexual couples can receive a Church blessing "in the sense of a pastoral accompaniment" in the Catholic Church, but not in a manner that resembles marriage.
In an interview with the German magazine Stern, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising was asked, "What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing?"
Marx responded: "I can bless them both in the sense of pastoral accompaniment, we can pray together. But theirs cannot be a marriage-like relationship."
While there is room for differing interpretations of Marx's comments, the website "katholisch.de," funded by the German bishops, has reported on the matter using the headline "Marx: Homosexual couples can receive a blessing."