Cardinal Müller lamented that as a consequence of the declaration, ‘nobody is speaking about the blessing of marriage, of children, of the family,’ which is ‘our duty,’ and ‘not to divide the Church.’
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‘Filial appeal’ letter says that the attempt to create a distinction between liturgical and pastoral blessings is ‘impossible.’
On this week’s Register Radio, CNA Rome correspondent Courtney Mares in Rome talks about her recent trip to Lourdes, and Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl talks about his article on Africa and same-sex blessings, ‘The Congo Flows Into the Tiber.’
‘The Congo Flows into the Tiber’: The Catholic Church in Africa’s Influence Is Growing — But Is Vatican Leadership Ready for It?
ANALYSIS: The Same-Sex Blessings Controversy Sends Mixed Signals About Africa’s Importance
Cardinal Zen Contends ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ ‘Creates Confusion’ and Suggests Cardinal Fernández Should Resign
The cardinal asked that if Cardinal Fernández, as prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, ‘is committing a heresy by claiming a serious sin as ‘good,’ then shouldn't the prefect resign or be dismissed?’
The declaration ‘caused a shockwave in Africa,’ says Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, who explained that he wrote a seven-page letter to Pope Francis, then traveled to Rome to meet with the Pontiff, and conferred with the author of the declaration.
In their Jan. 16 statement, the bishops wrote that while ‘it is possible to say a prayer over individual believers living in an irregular relationship,’ care must be taken to avoid appearing to condone sinful sexual activity or to cause confusion about the nature of marriage.
In his interview with EWTN, which will be aired on Sunday, Jan. 21, on ‘Vaticano,’ Cardinal Kurt Koch further discussed the implications of the declaration and how the issue of same-sex blessings has divided the Western churches. Cardinal Koch also indicated that he wrote to Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández in order ‘to have some explanations.’
Criticism of the document that authorized the blessing of same-sex couples is seen as unprecedented by some Church historians.