July 25, 2024

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Same-Sex-Marriage:Catholic Secretariat Of Nigeria Reacts To Pope Francis’ Directive

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has made known its stand on the Vatican’s recent decision to allow blessings for same-sex couples. The CSN said the Church’s teachings on the sacrament of marriage remain unchanged.

An official from the Secretariat, who spoke in confidence stated this. “It’s crucial to reiterate that this does not change the Church’s teaching on the sacrament of marriage. “The Church’s view on same-sex marriage remains unaltered.” The source said the decision on same-sex marriage blessing is a measure to acknowledge the lives and experiences of all individuals, while still upholding the core beliefs and teachings of the Church. “This move emphasises that the Church’s role is to guide and bless, rather than judge, its members.”

He added that: “The essence of a blessing is to foster people’s trust in God, irrespective of their circumstances.

“The Church’s role is to guide and bless its members, not to judge them.” According to the official, blessings for same-sex couples should not be equated with the sacrament of marriage, nor should they form part of any civil union or wedding ceremonies. “The Church is a place of refuge, a place of love, and a place of blessing for all.

“We encourage all to see this development as an opportunity to foster greater understanding, compassion, and unity within the Church and the broader community.”

Meanwhile, it was reported that Pope Francis permitted priests to bless same-sex and “irregular” couples, under certain circumstances. This was disclosed after Pope Francis approved a document issued by the Vatican announcing the change on Monday, December 18. The document says priests must decide on a case-by-case basis.

The Vatican said it should be a sign that “God welcomes all”. However, the Vatican said blessings should not be part of regular Church rituals or related to civil unions or weddings.

Also, Tokyo began issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples who live and work in the capital, a long-awaited move in a country without marriage equality.

The certificates allow LGBTQ partners to be treated as married couples for a range of public services in areas such as housing, medicine and welfare. More than 200 smaller local authorities in Japan have already made moves to recognise same-sex partnerships since Tokyo’s Shibuya district pioneered the system in 2015.