Church teaching is constant

Former Archbishop of Paris criticises blessings of homosexual couples

Paris - Deliberately willed sin denies people access to God, emphasises the Archbishop Emeritus of Paris, Michel Aupetit. That is why the Church may bless the individual sinner, but not the sin.

Published  on 28.12.2023 at 11:34  – 

The Archbishop Emeritus of Paris, Michel Aupetit, has spoken out on the blessing of homosexual couples. In a post published on the platform "X" (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday, he emphasised that the Church must open the door to heaven for everyone, as it is "the sacrament of salvation". To do this, however, it must warn sinners "that their sin, if consciously willed, denies them access to God". According to the Rome correspondent of the Paris daily La Croix, Loup Besmond de Senneville, Aupetit's post on "X" alluded to the blessing of homosexual couples recently authorised by the Vatican.

A few days after the Vatican authorised the blessing of homosexual couples under certain circumstances, Aupetit had already spoken out with words of warning: "The teaching of the Church in the following of Christ is constant," wrote the Archbishop Emeritus of Paris. "We must bless the sinner who is loved by God, but never the sin that separates us from God. He continued: "This should enable the sinner to sin no more, to repent and return to the Lord."

In 2021, the Aupetit case made headlines after tensions arose in the archdiocese. Aupetit hit the headlines several times, his conduct in office was criticised as rigid and his private life gave rise to doubts: there was talk of an affair with an adult woman before his time as archbishop. Aupetit admitted to ambiguous behaviour, but denied having had an affair at the time. Nevertheless, Pope Francis accepted his resignation in December 2021. The medical graduate became Vicar General in 2006 and Auxiliary Bishop in Paris in 2013 when Pope Francis appointed him as the new Archbishop of Paris in 2018. With a population of 2.2 million, including around 1.35 million Catholics, the Archdiocese of Paris is one of the largest dioceses in the universal church. (mtr)