UPDATE 17 March:
Within a day and a half after the CDF doc against blessing of homosexual couples, 600 German pastoral workers, half of them priests, declare that they will continue to bless homosexual couples. Two people had started this initiative right away, among them Fr. Burkhard Hose. https://t.co/11F5TUgXV9
— Maike Hickson (@HicksonMaike) March 17, 2021
Originally Published on: Mar 16, 2021
Here’s irony for you.
As you know by now, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement that same-sex unions cannot receive the Church’s blessing. They can’t be blessed because, to put it succinctly in the words used by the Congregation, “[God] does not and cannot bless sin”.
On the other hand, as you may recall, someone in the Curia thought it would be a good idea to spend your money, through your donations, on a film that glorified same-sex … sex.
As Breitbart News reported in December, 2019, the Vatican sunk $1.1 million into the steamy Elton John film as one of a series of controversial investments including partnership in an eyewear firm, financing of a company making parts for nuclear power plants, and hundreds of millions in London property development.
The Rocketman film features a liaison between actor Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John, and Richard Madden, who appears as John Reid, his former manager, deemed by The Times “the most explicit gay love scene since Brokeback Mountain in 2005.”
This is irony in its most poignant form, a fact pointed out by the subject of the film, Elton John, who has called out the Vatican for hypocrisy.
In the same Breitbart piece:
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy” John wrote on Twitter Monday.
In his Monday tweet, Elton John included side-by-side news stories: one of the CDF ban on blessings and the other proclaiming “How the Vatican Spent Millions on Elton John’s Biopic.”
I’m afraid Elton has a point. Which is not to say that the fault lies with the CDF component. I think we have to ask, “Who thought spending Peter’s Pence to back a film to glorify ‘gay’ was a good idea?”
It is interesting to note how a few other people reacted to the CDF statement.
Two German bishops, neighbors in Bavaria of Regensburg and Passau, applauded the CDF statement. Two. I don’t know of any others, which isn’t much of a surprise. HERE
The Archbishop of Chicago made a beige statement which surely is a kind of wink and a nod. HERE
The Jesuit homosexualist activist, James Martin is unhappy. Never mind that the statement had to have been approved by fellow Jesuit Francis and that Jesuits are supposed to accept the will of their superiors perinde ac cadaver. HERE His tweets are melancholy.
Fishwrap is pretty worked up about this. HERE Get this headline to see what sort of attitude they have over there. “Vatican says priests can’t bless gay couples. Why did Pope Francis approve this decree?” “Why oh why! This is so unfaaaaaaaair!” NB: “still”! Because, you know, wink wink, it’s going to happen some day.
I refer the readership to the CDF’s nutshell statement: “[God] does not and cannot bless sin”.