Cardinal Gracias defends blessing of homosexual couples

WASHINGTON/NEU DELHI - "The tradition of the Church and the Magisterium is very clear and there is no contradiction at all," says Cardinal Oswald Gracias about the Vatican document "Fiducia supplicans". He sees it as a "confirmation of our spirituality and a gift".

The Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias is behind the Vatican's recent authorisation of the blessing of homosexual couples. The Archbishop of Mumbai sees the document "Fiducia supplicans" from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on the non-liturgical blessing of "couples in irregular situations" as a "confirmation of our spirituality and a gift". Jesus never refused a blessing. "That is the basic idea," said Gracias, a close advisor to Pope Francis, to the US portal "Crux" (Friday).