"A French priest has announced in a televised interview that Pope Francis approved of his blessing of homosexual couples. The news comes in the wake of silence from the Pope at the suggestion of one of his main advisor Cardinals that spiritual encouragement of homosexual couples should be undertaken and blessings for homosexual couples should not be ruled out.
Father Daniel Duigou, priest of the Church Saint-Merry in Paris, France, is a late vocation and a former journalist who holds progressive views. According to a recent interview he gave to the international news service Konbini News, he just published an Open Letter to Pope Francis (Lettre Ouverte d'un Curé au Pape François) in the form of a book in which he calls for a 'reinvention' of the Church and for a removal of the 'monopoly' of the role of the priests in the Church.
Most importantly, Father Duigou also claimed to have received Pope Francis' personal support for blessing homosexual and 'remarried' couples.
In the interview, Duigou said that he had a 45-minute personal meeting with Pope Francis. The photo on the cover of his book released this month supports his claim of the private meeting.
'The first question he [the pope] asked me was: 'Do you bless divorced and remarried couples?' which is one of the big questions today in the Church,' explained Duigou. He recalled responding, 'I listen and I bless, and I also bless homosexual couples.'
According to Duigou the Pope responded: 'Yes, because to bless means that God thinks well of people and that God thinks well of all people.'
The news show host asked incredulously: 'Well, does this mean that the Pope is in favor of blessing homosexual couples?'
The French priest responded: 'Yes, absolutely. It is not about marrying them.'
When asked whether this is the official position of the Church, Father Duigou responded that it is the position the Pope put forward during an inflight interview.
Duigou may have been referring to the Pope's famous 'Who am I to Judge' made on a 2013 flight.
But he also could have been referring to a 2016 interview during the Pope's return flight from his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Pope told reporters that he had invited a homosexual couple to visit him in the Vatican. Pope Francis referred to a woman who 'felt like a man' but 'was physically a young woman.' After a sex-change surgery in her twenties, Pope Francis said, 'he got married.' Referring to the woman who mutilated herself and took hormones to appear like a man, the Pope said, 'He wrote me a letter saying that, for him, it would be a consolation to come [see me] with his wife. I received them and they were very happy.'...
With regard to the question of whether abortion is a sin, Duigou responded: 'No. There are situations that make that if the child is not wanted, the child is in danger.' There are 'extreme cases,' he explained, 'and there can be many extreme cases,' and there 'it could be preferable to abort.'"
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