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On December 18, 2023, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the declaration Fiducia Supplicans, which granted permission for Catholic priests to bestow blessings upon couples in “irregular situations” and same-sex couples. Discussions surrounding the meaning and implications of this letter have been extensive, occasioned by the confusion it generates and the theological inconsistencies it contains. Recently, along with Catholic leaders around the world, I signed a “Filial Appeal” addressed to cardinals and bishops expressing concerns about the repercussions and substance of Fiducia Supplicans and advocating for its withdrawal.

I endorse the intention of Fiducia Supplicans to the extent that it seeks to embrace individuals who feel unjustly marginalized by the Church, particularly those who have faced cruelty or disrespect that has led to their alienation. I also acknowledge the document’s affirmation of the Church’s unwavering teachings on sexual morality. And I welcome its invitation to individuals who struggle to live the demands of chastity—a moral challenge faced by many believers, as any confessor knows.

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