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Oregon bishop: no blessings for same-sex couples

February 20, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Liam Cary of Baker, Oregon has instructed his priests not to give blessings to same-sex couples.

Citing the decision by African prelates that a blessing for same-sex couples could cause scandal, Bishop Baker said: “I do not believe they can be carried out scandal-free in the Diocese of Baker either.” However, he said, individuals “should be free to request and should receive, a priestly blessing outside of Mass.”

The bishop offered this formula for the blessing:

May Almighty God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— bless you with the grace to turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 21, 2024 4:00 AM ET USA

    What a perfectly non controversial, genuinely Biblical, Catholic, and straight to the point formula of blessing! Why was this not included in the 5000 word salad of fiducia instead of long descriptions how informal, brief, and "non liturgical" the gay blessings should be? May God bless and protect Bishop Liam Cary!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 20, 2024 11:20 PM ET USA

    That's a good Catholic blessing. I might modify it slightly: ...bless you with the grace to turn away from sin and live the Gospel.