Archbishop Fernandez, the new head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, quoted in America Magazine on July 6:
“There is nothing that can compare to (marriage) and using that name to express something else is not good nor correct.
“That is why I think that the greatest care must be taken in avoiding rites or blessings that could feed that confusion. Now, if a blessing is given in such a way that it does not create that confusion, it will need to be analyzed and confirmed.”
Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas in subsequent Twitter posting:
“Archbishop Fernandez needs to read Genesis 19:15-29, ‘The Lord God rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom & Gomorrah’ and Romans 1. Pray that he returns to the Catholic faith.”