'A step forward' or 'contradictory'? Catholic reactions to approval of blessings for LGBT couples

The Rev. James Martin of New York, New York.
The Rev. James Martin of New York, New York. | Facebook/Fr. James Martin, SJ
Father James Martin

Fr. James Martin, who has developed a reputation as an outspoken LGBT activist within the Catholic Church, took to X on Dec. 18 to praise "Fiducia Supplicans" as "a major step forward in the church's ministry to LGBTQ people" that "recognizes the deep desire in many Catholic same-sex couples for God's presence in their loving relationships." 

Noting that "the declaration opens the door to non-liturgical blessings for same-sex couples, something that had been previously off limits for bishops, priests, and deacons," Martin indicated that he "will now be delighted to bless my friends in same-sex unions."

Martin elaborated on his support for "Fiducia Supplicans" in a Dec. 18 article for the LGBT Catholic website Outreach, which he serves as editor of. 

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"It is the first time that a Vatican document treats same-sex couples with such pastoral care," he maintained. He expressed gratitude that the Vatican has given him the opportunity to share with same-sex couples "the graces that God desires for everyone," adding that he has "waited years to do" so. 

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