A Joint Declaration from the Diocese of Hildesheim
We, the undersigned associations and institutions from the diocese of Hildesheim, affirm the following statement on the Holy See Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s official refusal to bless the unions of homosexual couples, as announced in its document of 15 March 2021.
We affirm a principle that is already practiced in the Diocese of Hildesheim and in many organizations and institutions elsewhere: that people belong to, and partake equally in, the Church regardless of their sexual identity. God’s blessing belongs to them and their partnerships, because it belongs to all loving relationships without exception.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith yet to successfully carry the Church’s sexual ethics and underlying theology of creation into a constructive dialogue with the standards of contemporary human sciences. This not only inflicts suffering on people, but undermines the Church’s teaching authority.
We therefore object the document’s theological and ethical underpinnings, as well as to the conclusions the Magisterium has drawn from them. We further object to the document’s language, which reduces homosexual people to mere objects of mercy, instead of treating them as full, authentic participants in the life of the Church.
Hence, we declare: If people in homosexual relationships love each other, and are committed to sharing a path in faithfulness and responsibility as members of their ecclesiastical community, the Church cannot refuse to bless their unions. Such a blessing would affirm what these partnerships and people already are: a blessing to this world.
We know ourselves to stand in unity with many people who have advocated a similar position since the Congregation’s aforementioned announcement.
We believe that the Holy Spirit’s life-creating power, and a genuine love for our Church, are manifested in this opposition to the latest statements of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
We call for the acceptance of the blessing of homosexual partnerships.
In union with those holding positions of responsibility in the Diocese of Hildesheim, and in dialogue with Bishop Heiner, we campaign for the Church’s Magisterium to take on board key human scientific and theological findings on the nature of people and relationships, which in turn will nurture a critical re-evaluation and further development of Church teaching.
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