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‘A positive hopeful step’ – Winnipeg Free Press

Jan. 8, 2024

“This a moment to celebrate.”

That’s what Thomas, a gay Roman Catholic in Winnipeg who doesn’t want his last name used, said about a document released by the Vatican last month that allows blessings for same-sex couples.

While the document, titled On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings, says priests can bless same-sex couples, it also reaffirms marriage as being only between a man and woman in the church.

Thomas knows that. But he still welcomes the change.

Until now, he said, the focus of the church has “been on our sexuality, what we do in bed. This rejects that. We are not to be seen as only sinners.”

At the same time, the Church isn’t going far enough, he said.

“There is still the understanding there is something disordered about being gay,” Thomas said. “We are still seen as people who need help.”

He looks forward to the day when gay Catholics will be seen like “every other human being, as people who are good, enriched, healed and elevated by the Holy Spirit.”

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