By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:49 PM May 11, 2021
German priests across more than 100 churches have been blessing gay relationships in recent days in coordinated — and sometimes livestreamed — defiance of a Vatican order signed by Pope Francis.
Dozens of German priests have signed a statement saying that they will continue to bless same-sex partnerships, CBS News reported.
The priests have also organized several church services, including live-streamed blessings of same-sex couples, to take place on May 10 across the country.
One of the organizers, Klaus Nelissen, told the Wall Street Journal that a Monday was chosen because that is traditionally a priest’s day off: “No bishop can tell them not to do it, since they are doing it on their own time,” he said.
The blessings have been scheduled to be performed at about 100 churches and other venues in early May, many of them on Monday evening. German clergy have performed such blessings for years, but typically in private and not in churches.
The head of the German Bishops Conference last month criticized the grass-roots initiative for gay blessings, which is called “Liebe Gewinnt” or “Love Wins.”
In March, the Vatican said in a statement approved by Pope Francis that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions because God “does not and cannot bless sin.”