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Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria. / Credit: Vatican Media; ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican Cardinal Meets with Coptic Church Leader Over Same-sex Blessing Rift

May 23, 2024

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, who heads the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church on May 22.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

To be "scandalized" by Gay Couple Blessings is "hypocrisy": Pope Francis

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father this week again defended the Vatican’s controversial document authorizing blessings for same-sex couples.

90 Catholic Priests, Scholars Ask Church Leaders to Oppose Same-sex Blessings

Feb 6, 2024

The signatories claim that the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contradicts “both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Africa a “special case”, Small Ideological Groups Oppose Same-sex Blessings: Pope Francis

Jan 29, 2024

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small ideological groups.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Blessings Don’t Require "moral perfection"

Jan 26, 2024

Pope Francis on Friday offered guidance to members of the Vatican’s doctrinal office for dealing with matters of faith.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, speaks with EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser on Jan. 18, 2024. | Credit: EWTN

Vatican prefect: Fiducia Supplicans draws ‘some negative reactions’ from Christian leaders

Jan 19, 2024

In an exclusive EWTN interview and in comments to the Vatican’s news agency, Cardinal Kurt Koch said he has received negative reactions to Fiducia Supplicans.

Pope Francis speaks at a meeting with priests from the Diocese of Rome in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran on Jan. 13, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Responds to Resistance to Fiducia Supplicans: "The Lord blesses everyone"

Jan 15, 2024

Pope Francis responded publicly to questions about the Vatican’s declaration on blessings for same-sex couples for the first time in a television interview on Sunday night. 

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Fiducia Supplicans "has touched a very sensitive point": Vatican Secretary of State

Jan 13, 2024

The Vatican’s secretary of state acknowledged the divided reaction to Fiducia Supplicans, which allows nonliturgical blessings for couples in “irregular” situations.

Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks with students and faculty at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas on May 25, 2023. | Credit: Benedicte Cedergren/Angelicum

"We firmly and radically oppose a heresy": Guinean Cardinal on Fiducia Supplicans

Jan 8, 2024

“The freedom we must offer to people living in homosexual unions lies in the truth of the word of God,” Cardinal Robert Sarah wrote Jan. 6.

St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: vvo/Shutterstock

Fiducia Supplicans: More Reactions from Catholic Bishops in Africa on Same-sex Blessings

Jan 4, 2024

Reactions have continued to pour in from Catholic Bishops in Africa on Fiducia Supplicans (FS), with many expressing their reservations about the Vatican declaration on the possibility of blessing “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, which the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) released on Monday, December 18.

St. Peter's Dome. | Credit: dade72 via Shutterstock

Vatican Responds to Widespread Backlash on Same-sex Blessing Directive

Jan 4, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans” amid widespread international backlash to the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings.

Resistance to Same-sex Blessings Grows in Africa,But Bishops are Divided Globally

Jan 3, 2024

More than two weeks after the Vatican issued a declaration on blessings of same-sex couples, bishops remain divided over the controversial document.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

Cardinal Fernández: Vatican’s same-sex blessings guidance is ‘clear answer’ to German bishops

Jan 3, 2024

Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.  

Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III. | Credit: Ben P L from Provo, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Black Pentecostal Leader Urges Pope to Withdraw Same-sex Blessing Document

Dec 29, 2023

A prominent black Pentecostal leader is voicing his “solidarity” with African Catholics and urging Pope Francis to withdraw the new same-sex blessing guidelines.

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Let Each Bishop “make that discernment”: Vatican Prefect on Fiducia Supplicans Application

Dec 27, 2023

In an interview published in a Spanish newspaper, Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández responded to criticism of the declaration.

Pope Francis with members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: Vatican Media

“We formally forbid all blessings of homosexual couples”: Catholic Bishops in Cameroon

Dec 25, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon have added their voice to other Catholic Church leaders, who have prohibited the implementation of Fiducia Supplicans in their Episcopal Sees and territories they govern.

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, and Bishop Robert Barron. | Credit: Alan Koppschall/EWTN; ACI Africa; Courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations

More Bishops Voice Criticism, Support for Vatican Document on Blessing Same-sex Couples

Dec 21, 2023

Some bishops, including Cardinal Gerhard Müller and several bishops in Africa, have firmly denounced the Vatican’s document.

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Bishops Around the World Are Divided Over Vatican’s Same-sex Blessing Declaration  

Dec 20, 2023

Some bishops are welcoming the news, some are approaching it with caution, while others are outright refusing to implement it.

A blessing service at St. Augustin Catholic church in Würzburg, Germany, for couples, including those of the same-sex, May 10, 2021. | Credit: CNA Deutsch

TIMELINE: What Has the Catholic Church Said about Same-sex "blessings"?

Dec 20, 2023

Here’s a timeline of how the controversy over same-sex blessings has unfolded.

St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: vvo/Shutterstock

Vatican Says Priests Can Bless Same-sex Couples Without Condoning their Lifestyles

Dec 18, 2023

The Vatican has issued new guidance on the topic of blessings of same-sex attracted people, stating that Catholic priests can bless same-sex couples as an expression of pastoral closeness without condoning their sexual relations.