Blessing same-sex unions against God’s law – Nigerian Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has said that Roman Catholic Churches in the country would not bless same-sex relationships and marriages.

In a statement released and signed by CBCN President and Secretary, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji and Most Rev. Donatus Ogun, on Thursday, the bishops said the blessing of the same-sex union is against God’s law, the teachings of the church, and the law of the country.

The Nigerian bishops were reacting to the controversy arising from Pope Francis’ directive that Catholic priests can bless same-sex couples.

According to the statement; “The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria assures the entire People of God that the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage remains the same. There is, therefore, no possibility in the teaching of the Church of blessing same-sex unions and activities.

“That would go against God’s law, the teachings of the Church, the laws of our nation, and the cultural sensibilities of our people.

“The declaration seeks to clarify the different forms of blessing that can be given to persons and objects in the Catholic Church, including the possibility of blessing persons in irregular unions. Such unions include but are not limited to divorced and remarried couples whose previous marriages had not been annulled, those living in same-sex unions, those in polygamous unions, in concubinage, etc.

“The declaration acknowledges and carefully distinguishes between ritual, liturgical, and informal blessings. While ritual or liturgical blessings are imparted according to the established norms of the Church, informal blessings refer to prayers over people who ask for them outside the liturgy or any formal declaration offers a consideration of the possibility of extending the informal blessing to all Cod’s children, irrespective their moral condition, when they ask to be blessed..”