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LGBTQ community react to Vatican new's order for priests not to bless gay marriages

The Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) community is currently trending on Twitter and this is after the Vatican issued an order that priests and other Catholic Church ministers should not bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are "not licit" if administered .

On Monday, March 15, the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith (CDF), issued the ruling in response to questions and moves in some parishes to impart such blessings as a symbol of welcome to gay Catholics since the Church doesn't permit homosexual marriage.

Pope Francis approved the response, the CDF said, adding that it was "not intended to be a kind of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the reality of the liturgical rite".

It said such blessings were not permissible even though they were "motivated by a sincere desire to welcome and accompany homosexual persons" and help them grow within the faith.

The CDF note said that since marriage between a man and a woman was a sacrament and blessings are associated with the sacrament of marriage, they could not be extended to same-sex couples.

"For this reason, it's not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual intercourse outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex," it said.

The order is now attracting criticism from members and supporters of the LGBTQ community on Twitter.

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