PITTSBURGH (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Pittsburgh-area group of priests and laity is demanding the Catholic Church bless same-sex couples even after the Vatican promulgated its official statement on the subject reaffirming that God cannot bless sin.
The Association of Pittsburgh Priests, a heretical group that boasts some 300 ordained and non-ordained members, released a blistering response Monday to the Church's March document on same-sex blessings. It calls the Church's words "pastorally unacceptable" and "insensitive to the loving, committed relationships of many members of the body of Christ."
The association implores the Church to accept the behavior of sodomites, reconsider its opposition to so-called same-sex unions, and "find a way" to bless practicing homosexuals as couples, not as individuals.
"Our Catholic faith and tradition compel us to respect and honor the faith journeys of LGBTQ people," the statement reads. "We know that those who enter into committed relationships do so out of love which is divinely inspired and supported."
Sister Barbara Finch, secretary for the Association, said in an interview Tuesday the group plans to put pressure on the Vatican, but won't necessarily ask priest members to defy the Vatican’s directive.
"That [same-sex blessings] has not been going on in the Pittsburgh diocese, and none of our canonically ordained presently have done that," assured Finch. "But that would be a matter of conscience of our members."
"It's very difficult to be Catholic and gay," she declared. "We want to embrace them and encourage them to continue to search out their relationship with God and also with their faith — no matter what the Vatican says."
What the Vatican did say through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is that, although God loves everyone and unjust discrimination is immoral, God cannot bless sin. Since homosexual behavior is intrinsically disordered and called an abomination in Scriptures, so-called same-sex unions are immoral.
The group sent a separate letter to Pittsburgh's Bp. David Zubik, hoping he would contradict Church teaching to confirm people violating natural law. They asked his "blessing on the ministries to LGBTQ people and their families here in our own diocese."
The anti-Catholic group of priests and laity is not officially affiliated with the diocese of Pittsburgh.