Fr. Hugo Valdemar, canon penitentiary of the Archdiocese of Mexico, said that the blessing that priests and pastoral workers gave May 10 to homosexual couples in Germany “is a truly sacrilegious act” and a “diabolical act of pride and immorality.”
The blessing of homosexual couples in Germany “is not only an act of indiscipline and rebellion against the pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), it is a truly sacrilegious act,” said Valdemar.
Priests and pastoral workers of the Church in Germany blessed homosexual couples in a May 10 event called “Love Wins,” held in more than 100 locations throughout the country with the support of several bishops, including the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.
The event was in open rebellion to the explicit prohibition by the CDF, which said March 15 that the Church hasn’t the power to bless same-sex unions.
The CDF issued a “Responsum ad dubium” replying to the question, “does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” The doctrinal congregation answered, “Negative”, explaining its reasoning in an “explanatory note” and accompanying commentary.
Valdemar explained that “persons can always be blessed, even if they are sinners, but that which is in itself a serious sin and offensive to God, such as homosexual acts, cannot be blessed.”
The priest warned that the blessing of homosexual couples “is more than an act of indiscipline, it’s an actual defiance of God and his natural law, a contempt for Sacred Scripture that considers these acts as grave sin and an abomination, and profound contempt for the perennial teaching of the Church on this grave sin.”
“In short, it is a truly diabolical act of pride and immorality,” the priest said.
Full story at Catholic News Agency.
Strange times in the Church when just stating Catholic moral teaching is cause for applause. But celebrate we do at a prelate willing to embrace and spread truth. Well done Father Valdemar!
So much hate
Yup…. hate for sin!
What kind of person gives this comment a thumbs down? It’s a Catholic website, what did you expect?
People choosing to continue to live in a state of mortal sin, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot be “blessed.” God does not bless sin.
Sexual activity belongs in the context of marriage (which is one man and one woman) only.
Pray for the conversion of these “couples” and these errant clergy. And, pray that other priests and bishops and others will join this priest in addressing such sacrilegious and diabolical acts.
It sickens me that Church’s Leaders are talking about this topic. More and more confusion for so many in the Church and for many who have left the “One True Faith”, under this pontificate. Deacon Craig, I appreciate your comments as of late.
Well think of it this way the church of St. Augustin in Wurzburg was once a Rococo and Baroque masterpiece but looking at the picture above it was destroyed by the German bishops and they have the “dinner” table in the middle and high altar ripped out. Nothing of it remains Roman Catholic except the shell, the German Church is dead anyway nobody attends Holy Mass in Germany I believe it to be at 3% Mass attendance, such a crime and so so sad. Even in Roman Catholic Bavaria and the Rhineland the churches are empty, but the Turkish Mosques are packed even spilling out into the streets like they do in Paris.
Is it worth going to hell to blaspheme the altar of the Lord?
It’s not an altar of Sacrifice and you are not my judge.
RA, just giving you something to think about. James 3:1-12
Not judging you.
But you should also think about what actually makes something Catholic.
it is not decorations.
Simplicity is a virtue.
And it is an altar of Sacrifice.
No the interior was destroyed by the allied bombs in 1945. There have been many renovations, the latest one completed in 2011 This photo is taken from in front of the main altar looking away from it. There are still beautiful decorations that are not shown in the photo because they are higher up in between the arches. Also over the permanent altar (possible marble) there are a lot of beautiful decorations. It is an Augustinian Church so the seating is communal style (if that is the right term.) and seats are removed because of Covid.
I am glad to hear that!
Fr. John Higgins
Still a ghastly altar area or “worship area” as the Novus Ordo calls it. No reason why they could have returned it to its former glory just as the The of The Royal Court was restored to it pre-World War II design after the fire bombing of Dresden by the Allies.
It should have been rebuilt as it was the first time. Beauty has been lost and is sad that so many people sacrificed to build it with such beauty that a few hair brains priests destroy it for all times.
Fr. Valdemar: “In short, it is a truly diabolical act of pride and immorality.”
Please, God, gives us more priests like this!
Excellent, Fr. Valdemar. But we need a Church of integrity and strong, faithful Catholic leadership for Christ, to valiantly put an end to these evils, and save countless souls! Our Church desperately needs to completely end the “new, post-Conciliar tradition” of operating by diabolic deceptions of “individual personal freedom,” lies to the faithful, moral delusion, and irresponsibility. These false, sacrilegious Church “blessings” need to be forbidden, and replaced by Chastity-oriented devotional and support groups for the “LGBTs.” They need to have devotions like praying the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy– especially for the grace of souls’ repentance of sin — and many group Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration. And they must offer up their sufferings in union with Christ’s sufferings, for blessings from Heaven, of many graces– especially Chastity!– and for faithfulness to Christ, to life’s end– and for the hope of Heaven, thereafter. A priest should always be available at their group meetings, for Confession and spiritual guidance.
That and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee.
Put the Church in Germany under interdict and be done with it….it will help purify the Church
the anything goes pope f could put a stop to it, but he won’t because he supports it.
I am very glad that Fr. Valdemar has spoken up.
In reality there are no real blessings of gay unions in Germany. Attempting to do so is like making dehydrated water. It simply cannot be done. The act may look like a blessing, but it’s absolutely nothing at all.
If you are interested in the situation of the Catholic Church in Germany, you might read this:
And yet it is the Latin Mass people who are a threat to the unity of the church- no Motu Proprio for directly opposing the Pope and Rome.