The parish priest's protest: "If I can't bless gay couples, I won't bless the palms either"
The stance of Don Giulio Mignani, priest of Bonassola, in contrast with the directive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, makes a sensation
"If I can't bless same-sex couples, then I don't bless palm trees and olive branches either."
This is the position taken by Giulio Mignani, parish priest of Bonassola (La Spezia) against the document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which prohibits the blessing of the unions of homosexual couples.
The protest was made official during the last homily, on the occasion of the feast that opens Holy Week for Christians.
Don Giulio explained that the blessing of the Palms is "connected to the procession in memory of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Not being able to do this procession, because of the anti-Covid rules, I personally think it does not make sense then to bless the Palms. But I am also extremely happy - he added - that my decision not to bless the palms and olive trees takes place a few days after the publication of the document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ".
The priest confirmed that his decision is also "a form of protest through which I express my belief that this prohibition is absurd, reiterated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the church, everything is blessed, not only the palms but sometimes, unfortunately, , weapons have also been blessed, but the true and sincere love of two people cannot be blessed because they are homosexuals. But, even more serious, is the fact that their love continues to be called sin. priest - it is certainly not homosexual people, who can easily do without the blessing of the Church, because in the meantime there is God to bless them.
(Unioneonline / lf)