Catholic bishops in Nigeria maintain their opposition to offering blessings for same-sex union

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has restated its firm stance against blessing same-sex unions, citing conflict with God’s law, Church teachings, Nigerian laws, and cultural values.

The CBCN’s declaration aligns with a recent reaffirmation by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), emphasizing that the Church’s position on the sacrament of marriage remains unchanged despite the Vatican’s decision allowing blessings for same-sex couples. An anonymous official from the Secretariat highlighted the continued unaltered stance of the Church on same-sex marriage.

The Catholic bishops, represented by Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji and Bishop Donatus Ogun, issued a statement in response to the Vatican Declaration ‘Fiducia Supplicans,’ emphasizing their stance against blessing irregular unions. Irregular unions, including divorced and remarried couples, those in same-sex or polygamous unions, are not eligible for liturgical blessings, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

The Church insists that blessings for individuals in such unions should be non-liturgical to avoid confusion, specifying they should not be part of civil wedding ceremonies or include wedding-related elements. While urging hope and conversion, the bishops affirmed that the Church lacks the authority to bless unions like same-sex marriages.

They underscored the unchanged teachings on marriage, expressing gratitude to priests for supporting married couples and urging them to uphold the sanctity of matrimony without compromising its sacredness.

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