Thursday, September 08, 2016
Priest blesses lesbian couple in Catholic Church
What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently appointed a "Bergoglianist" as archbishop, has "blessed" a lesbian couple. "I hope that the church will one day bless homosexual relationships," said the priest.
The Sicilian case is reminiscent of that of Castellón in Spain, where a priest “blessed” a lesbian couple in the Church. The priest then denied the blessing: He had "only" blessed the "love". The two lesbians had however sent out a "wedding invitation".
The former Jesuit church of Palermo, which is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, has long been committed to the acceptance of homosexuality.
Pastor Cosimo Scordato called last Sunday before the start of the Mass the two lesbians to the altar, to announce their upcoming civil "marriage". The Italian parliament decided last February, referring to a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, the legalization of marriage-like legal arrangement for homosexual liaisons.
Don Scordato congratulated the lesbian couple on their decision and blessed it in the church. He called on the parish "to impartially receive the two lesbians and to pray for the couple".
The incident received attention not only in leftist media all over Italy attention but was also part of a documentary about and in support of "same-sex marriage" in Italy.
The two women, Elisabetta Cina (49) and Serenella Fiasconaro (46) are not practicing Catholics. But both are active in the homosexual scene and call for the recognition of homosexuality in politics and society. Both already have appeared in public in T-shirts with provocative logos.
Critics accuse the pair and Don Scordato of committing a subversive act with the aim of overthrowing the doctrine of the Catholic Church on homosexuality.
"The two women one day came to me and asked me to bless their wedding rings. The Church does not allow the sacrament of marriage to homosexual couples. I have invited them to come to the Mass to introduce themselves to the parish, because the church has to accept all, "said Don Scordato last Sunday before calling the lesbian couple to come to him at the altar. Then he called on the faithful, "to great the two people and their love with a round of applause."
A prompt which a majority of those present responded to docilely. "Don Scordato was fantastic," said the two lesbians. "His naturalness surprised us."
"My hope is that the Church will accept one day to bless homosexual relationships," said Don Scordato. At the same time, he announced that he will introduce other homosexual couples in the same way and wants to bless them. "Things are changing – but slowly", said the rector of the church.
Don Scordato publicly criticised Benedict XVI as "homophobic" and thus harvested the applause of homosexual organizations, "The homosexuals have the right to love," the diocesan priest said, because "what matters is love.”
He has made his parish, which he took over in 1986, into a (left-wing) Social Centre. It is "politically independent", but "not apolitical", being "non-denominational" but "open to all". Don Scordato says that he himself has "fallen in love with liberation theology".