Pope Francis, in a recent interview with the Italian Catholic magazine “Credere,” reiterated his stance in support of the blessing of same-sex couples by Catholic priests.
Emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and compassion, Francis addressed criticisms of his decision, stating, “No one reacts when I bless, for example, a businessman who exploits people, but there is a reaction when I bless a same-sex couple. This is hypocrisy.” He stressed the key point of his decision as the sense of being welcomed.
Furthermore, the Pope emphasized that denying blessings to individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, contradicts the fundamental message of love and acceptance in Christianity. He clarified that blessing two people who love each other and seek prayers does not equate to endorsing same-sex marriage.
Francis reiterated his belief that blessings should be extended to all individuals who are open to receiving divine grace, emphasizing the universality of God’s love. He highlighted the importance of empathy and solidarity, acknowledging the suffering and hardships faced by people around the world.
In essence, Pope Francis’s stance reflects a commitment to inclusivity, empathy, and the fundamental principles of Christian love and acceptance, emphasizing the need for priests to engage with the realities of human suffering and to extend blessings to all who seek them.
Source: ANA-MPA / Article translated by: Konstantinos Menyktas