Gay celebrities and allies are speaking out after the Vatican said the Catholic church would not bless same sex unions because God “cannot bless sin.”
The Vatican’s announcement was made Monday March 15th in response to a question about whether or not Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions.
The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the church would uphold its welcoming and blessing of gay people, but not of their partnerships. The two-page answer was approved by Pope Francis.
Within hours of the announcement, legendary musician Elton John tweeted his outrage over the statement.
John, who raises children Elijah and Zach with husband David Furnish, called out the church for what he called its “hypocrisy,” after it invested more than $1 million in his biopic movie ‘Rocketman.’
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they “are sin”, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in “Rocketman” - a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy” John tweeted.
The iconic singer wasn’t the only gay celebrity to speak out against the Vatican’s stance on gay unions. ‘Modern Family’ actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson also said the church’s statement was “archaic rhetoric.”
“As a graduate of a catholic high school, I am deeply saddened by this archaic rhetoric and not at all surprised,” Ferguson tweeted. “The good news? I’m still happily married & I don’t need the Pope to acknowledge the love that exists in my family.”