Elton John claps back at Vatican ‘hypocrisy’ for rejecting same-sex unions

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Elton John has called out Pope Francis and the Vatican for its “hypocrisy” over rejecting blessings for same-sex marriages in the Catholic church.

This week, the Vatican’s top orthodoxy office formally responded to a question on whether Catholic priests can bless same-sex unions.

The official response, approved by Pope Francis, declares priests can’t bless same-sex unions because “God does not and cannot bless sin”.

The document states while the church welcomes and blesses gay individuals, same-sex unions are “not part of God’s plan”.

“It is not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage,” the decree states.

As the Catholic Church defines marriage as between “a man and a woman”, the priests therefore can’t bless same-sex unions.

However Elton John responded by pointing out the Vatican financially supported Rocketman, the acclaimed 2019 biopic about his life.

The singer made his point by posting side-by-side news stories to his social media accounts.

“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David [Furnish]??” Elton asked.


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He called the actions of the church “#hypocrisy” and tagged both his husband and Pope Francis.

In December 2019 it emerged the Vatican’s Secretariat Of State invested $US1.1 million ($AU1.5million) towards the biopic, among other Hollywood films.

Pope Francis appears to endorse civil union law

Elton John married his longtime partner David Furnish in 2014, shortly after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales.

The couple had previously shared a civil partnership since 2005.

In 2019, Pope Francis appeared to endorse same-sex civil unions – but not within the church – during an interview released last October.

“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family… They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” he said.

“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”

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Jordan Hirst
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