Gay blessings in the Catholic Church


Just before Christmas, the Catholic Church surprisingly announced priests could offer pastoral blessings to same-sex couples for the first time. The announcement has been a jolt of energy to the church, delighting liberals who have been quick to publicise their blessings, and equally infuriating conservatives. Why has the backlash been so vociferous, and what might this mean for the remaining years of Francis’s pontificate? Is it actually that big a reform after all, or has it all been blown out of proportion? Will it entrench schisms within the Catholic Church worldwide or push the denomination firmly towards progressive reforms in the future?

Guests this week:
• Catherine Pepinster, freelance Catholic journalist and former editor of The Tablet
• Charles Collins, managing editor of Crux, a leading Catholic news website

Released on 18 Mar 2024

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