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April 5, 2021, by Richard Doerflinger, Catholic News Service
"The Catholic Church has dealt a blow to LGBTQ worshippers hoping for a more liberal, progressive Church.” So says NBC News about a recent statement by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. What was this terrible blow? The congregation, with Pope Francis’ approval, reaffirmed that the Church does not “have the power” to bless same-sex unions — or any relationship involving sexual activity outside of marriage, “the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life.” The Church cannot change its teaching for self-styled “liberals” or “conservatives,” as it must serve the designs of God found in Scripture and fully revealed by Christ. The statement also recognized that same-sex relationships…


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