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The Blessing of a Union – Marriage controvery

14 Jan

Not too long ago a bishop was quite sympathetic towards homosexual couples. He purported, that historically there have been cases where same sex couples have been blessed.

I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. It kept puzzling me until I started looking it up.

Sure enough, there have been such cases:

Roman Catholic Church

During the 1990s, a discussion began in the Roman Catholic Church about blessings for same-sex unions. In the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aachen in Germany, five same-sex unions received a blessing in German town ofMönchengladbach.[83] In 2007, one same-sex union received a blessing in German town of Wetzlar in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg.[84] Wikipedia

On one hand, I found that such a blessing did occur, yet on the other hand, I found the 5 Non Negotiables which are strictly against any homosexual marriages. One theory could be that by giving homosexuals a blessing, the church really does separate the common living arrangement from a marriage because they establish it as something different. This in turn would protect the marriage sacrament because they define it more clearly.

But the theory couple be completely off because as I found, there have been priests who blessed the couples and then were removed from their position. 

A German priest granted a blessing, and then the bishop “removed Fr. Kollas as dean of priests to avoid further “damage” to the Church’s reputation.” Catholic

We as Catholics have a duty to respect, honor and love any human being, even if homosexual, but that does in no way mean to endorse, bless or pardon their deeds. Being open to them would in no way harm the reputation of the church, but a blessing….

But, if we consider the blessing. It could be, that the priest were blessing a household in which two homosexuals lived. If that were the case, then any non tradition household, which functions as a compatible and loving environment, should be eligible for a blessing as well.


Jesus Jingle

15 Dec
Christmas is in full swing in Prague. Everywhere you go you see Christmas stands with hot wine, ornaments, cookies, mistletoe, sausages and small gifts. Department stores are draped with lights and Christmas carols jingle all around.
Despite the commercial side of it, it is nice to see that the Czechs still wait for Baby Jesus, Ježíšek, to bring them gifts. In one of the most atheist countries in the world, the biggest holiday is possible more religiously founded than in other countries.  In others parts of the world, there seems to be a bigger conflict between the religious and commercial aspects of the season. In the US it went so far one year that even the word Christmas was scarcely heard. So as not to offend anyone, Happy Holidays were more acceptable. This was a battle not even between the Christian holiday and Santa Clause. Santa was having to battle with the commercialization of the winter holiday season.
Back in Prague, they still take it as a given that Ježíšek brings gifts. Many even recognize that something special happens in the churches and tune in to watch at least a snippet of the midnight mass.
Both the Pope and Dalai Lama have visited the Czech Republic to warn of the danger of losing a faith systemyet Baby Jesus goes on strong