USA: No Same Sex Weddings for Catholic Military Chaplains, Archbishop Says

Written by scott on September 20th, 2013

Archbishop Timothy BroglioArchbishop Timothy Broglio has ruled out same-sex weddings for Catholic military chaplains.

Pink News reports:

“No Catholic priest or deacon may be forced by any authority to witness or bless the union of couples of the same gender. No Catholic priest or deacon can be obliged to assist at a ‘Strong Bonds’ or other ‘Marriage Retreat’, if that gathering is also open to couples of the same gender. A priest who is asked to counsel non-Catholic parties in a same-gendered relationship will direct them to a chaplain who is able to assist. Catholic parties will, of course, be encouraged by the priest to strive to live by the teaching of the Gospel. While the tradition of the Catholic Church always tries to find reasons to bury the dead, a priest may not be placed in a situation where his assistance at a funeral for a Catholic would give the impression that the Church approves of same sex ‘marital’ relationships… Obviously, anyone who is known to be in a sinful relationship is excluded from ministries in the Catholic community.”

I guess Broglio didn’t get the Pope’s memo…

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