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the spoonful of poison in the document. I was careful.
So what's my beef with the document? I'm all for blessings! But not blessings that directly or implicitly bless sin or create the confusion that they are blessing sin.
What is the poison in FS and its supposedly pastoral approach to blessings?
The word "couple."
late 13c., "two of the same kind or class connected or considered together," especially "a man and a woman associated together by marriage or love," from Old French cople "married couple, lovers" (12c., Modern French couple), from Latin copula "tie, connection," from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- "together" + *ap- "to take, reach."
c. 1200, "to link or connect, as one thing with another," from Old French copler "to couple, join together," from cople (see couple (n.)). Meaning "unite in marriage" is from mid-14c.; that of "embrace sexually, copulate" is from c. 1400. Related: Coupled; coupling.
It's obvious that the word "couple" has a clear and long-standing link to marital love and the physical act of conjugal love. As soon as the document began talking about blessing "couples" it directly linked to marriage and sexual activity.No one would object to any individual, no matter how sinful, being blessed. Paragraph 43 near the end reads in part:
Therefore, even when a person’s relationship with God is clouded by sin, he can always ask for a blessing,
Note that the document shifted from discussing "couples" (two people) earlier in the document to discussing "a person" (one individual). This simply emphasized to me the dishonesty inherent in this misleading contribution to confusion.
Now, let's look at the repeated mention of "couples" which occurs numerous times.
2. ...this Dicastery has considered several questions of both a formal and an informal nature about the possibility of blessing same-sex couples
4. ...rites and prayers that could create confusion between what constitutes marriage—which is the “exclusive, stable, and indissoluble union between a man and a woman, naturally open to the generation of children”—and what contradicts it are inadmissible. This conviction is grounded in the perennial Catholic doctrine of marriage; it is only in this context that sexual relations find their natural, proper, and fully human meaning. The Church’s doctrine on this point remains firm. [All of this is the orthodoxy used to mask the poison in the document.]
5. ...the Church has the right and the duty to avoid any rite that might contradict this conviction or lead to confusion. Such is also the meaning of the Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which states that the Church does not have the power to impart blessings on unions of persons of the same sex. [Again...clear statement of the orthodox position.]
6. It should be emphasized that in the Rite of the Sacrament of Marriage, this concerns not just any blessing but a gesture reserved to the ordained minister. In this case, the blessing given by the ordained minister is tied directly to the specific union of a man and a woman, who establish an exclusive and indissoluble covenant by their consent. This fact allows us to highlight the risk of confusing a blessing given to any other union with the Rite that is proper to the Sacrament of Marriage. [Exactly! This document deliberately confuses the blessing by calling "other" relationships (i.e., homosexual and fornicating couples) "unions" and describing the individuals involved as "a couple." The etymology of the word "union" includes "state of matrimony." The confusion created by FS is already rampant!]
9. From a strictly liturgical point of view, a blessing requires that what is blessed be conformed to God’s will, as expressed in the teachings of the Church. [Is a "couple" made up of two men or two women or a fornicating man and woman "conformed to God's will? The implication of blessing those in sodomite or fornicating relationships as "couples" in a "union" very clearly links them to marriage. There's no getting away from it!]
III. Blessings of Couples in Irregular Situations and of Couples of the Same Sex [Again, the use of a word that has a longstanding connotation of marriage and conjugal relations.]
31. Within the horizon outlined here appears the possibility of blessings for couples in irregular situations and for couples of the same sex...a blessing may be imparted that not only has an ascending value but also involves the invocation of a blessing that descends from God upon those who—recognizing themselves to be destitute and in need of his help—do not claim a legitimation of their own status... [This is a lie from the pit of hell. Homosexuals absolutely want blessings in order to "legitimize their own status." Gay groups like New Ways Ministry are already celebrating. The ecstatic publicity over blessings given so far, like that of Fr. James Martin reported in the New York Times, show they are indeed blessing the sodomite unions and giving tacit "legitimization" to their status. Martin called FS a "major step forward." Indeed it is, but not for orthodoxy!]
39. In any case, precisely to avoid any form of confusion or scandal, when the prayer of blessing is requested by a couple in an irregular situation, even though it is expressed outside the rites prescribed by the liturgical books, this blessing should never be imparted in concurrence with the ceremonies of a civil union, and not even in connection with them. Nor can it be performed with any clothing, gestures, or words that are proper to a wedding.The same applies when the blessing is requested by a same-sex couple. [This is nothing but hypocritical lip service. As long as the blessings are given to "couples" rather than individuals they create "confusion" and "scandal." To pretend otherwise is nothing but hypocrisy.]
41. What has been said in this Declaration regarding the blessings of same-sex couples is sufficient to guide the prudent and fatherly discernment of ordained ministers in this regard. [Like the cheerleader for homosexuality who wants gays to kiss at the sign of peace, Fr. James Martin?]
43. The Church is thus the sacrament of God’s infinite love. Therefore, even when a person’s relationship with God is clouded by sin, he can always ask for a blessing, stretching out his hand to God, as Peter did in the storm when he cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” (Mt. 14:30). [Absolutely true for individuals. But the document is all about legitimizing same-sex relations as unions and couple-ness while pretending not to.]
Pray the rosary in atonement for this miserable "major step" forward (as Fr. James Martin, S.J. called it) toward further legitimizing sodomy and fornication. These sins will take the poor deluded folks to hell with the "blessing" of the spiritual assassins who promote it.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.