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Pope sees ‘hypocrisy’ in opposition to Fiducia Supplicans

February 07, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: In a new interview, Pope Francis says that criticism of Fiducia Supplicans reflects hypocrisy.

In an interview with the Italian weekly Credere the Pope says:

Nobody is scandalized if I give the blessing to a businessman who perhaps exploits people: and this is a very serious sin. But they are scandalized if I give [a blessing] to a homosexual. This is hypocrisy.”

Fiducia Supplicans is clear,” the Pope argues, saying that under the terms of the declaration “I don’t bless a ‘homosexual marriage,’ I bless two people who love each other.”

In the interview the Pontiff also said that his health troubles are not interfering with his work. “The Church is governed with the head, not with the legs,” he said.

The interview is scheduled for publication on Thursday, February 8; Credere made some excerpts available a day earlier.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 09, 2024 6:26 PM ET USA

    The issue is not the blessing of a person with a homosexual condition, as any properly-formed Catholic 8th grader already knows; the issue is the attempted joint blessing of a pair of co-practitioners of unnatural vice. Such an attempt at blessing is readily capable of causing scandal.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 08, 2024 8:17 AM ET USA

    One of the dictionary synonyms for "approval" is "blessing." The Church never approves sin but always approves conversion from sin. “I don’t bless a ‘homosexual marriage,’ I bless two people who love each other” - this sounds as Francis' admission to his approval of the sin of sodomy. Another type of "irregular couples" according to Fiducia are heterosexuals cheating on their spouses, but I don't think I would ever see NYT picture of Fr. James Martin blessing that kind of sexual "irregularity."