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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