Vatican bars gay union blessing, says God ‘can’t bless sin’

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The Vatican via MGN Online

ROME (AP) – The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions, saying that God “cannot bless sin.”

The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. The answer, contained in a two-page explanation published in seven languages and approved by Pope Francis, was “negative.”

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The Vatican holds that gays must be treated with dignity and respect, but that gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.”

Catholic teaching holds that marriage between a man and woman is part of God’s plan and is intended for the sake of creating new life.