Pope Francis authorizes blessings for same-sex couples. Wait, what?!
The blessings may be carried out providing they are not part of regular Church rituals or liturgies, nor at the same time as a civil union, according to a Vatican document approved by the pope.
The latest ruling fleshes out the opening the pope made to blessing same-sex couples last October and marks a shift away from a 2021 ruling from the Vatican doctrine office which barred any blessings saying God “cannot bless sin.”
In any other time in modern history, this would be a greater, broader news story, especially as fodder for public discourse.