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Vatican addresses Bishops concerns on same-sex blessings

In response to the disquiet among Catholic bishops, particularly in certain African countries, following the approval of blessings for same-sex couples last month, the Vatican issued a five-page statement on Thursday to assuage concerns. The statement from the Vatican’s doctrinal office emphasised that the measure is neither “heretical” nor “blasphemous.

The December 18 declaration, known as Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Trust), prompted varying degrees of dissent and confusion, prompting the need for further clarification. The Vatican’s doctrinal office acknowledged the complexity of the issue, particularly in countries where individuals receiving such blessings might face violence, imprisonment, or even death.

The statement underscored that the blessings should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of gay sex or a sacrament of marriage for same-sex couples. Catholic Bishops conferences in several countries had previously clarified this point after the initial declaration.

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, responsible for doctrinal matters, emphasised in its Thursday statement that the blessings should not be viewed as an approval of the entirety of individuals’ actions or lifestyles. It called for a comprehensive and calm reading of the original declaration while reiterating the non-heretical nature of the measure within the Church’s tradition.

The issuance of a lengthy clarification shortly after the initial declaration highlighted the widespread confusion it generated. The Vatican sought to quell any doctrinal concerns and emphasised the importance of understanding Fiducia Supplicans without doctrinal deviation or misinterpretation.

Source: BBC

In other news – Somizi hangs out at a liquor store named after him

Somizi Mhlongo enjoys his time at a local store named after him. The media personality stood in front of the store named Somizi Liquor Store.He shared the photo on his Instagram account and captioned with, “Inkinsela.

Somizi Mhlongo

Followers flooded the post with various reactions; while some congratulated him for the store, others reacted to how he looked like Shebeshxt in the snap. Read more