Belgian bishops’ push for same-sex blessings is ‘heretical opposition to the revealed truth’ – Müller

Belgian bishops’ push for same-sex blessings is ‘heretical opposition to the revealed truth’ – Müller

(LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Gerhard Müller [pictured], the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has written a statement (see full text below) rebuking the Belgian bishops for their September 20 document approving homosexual relationships and offering them a liturgical blessing.

In the statement as sent to LifeSiteNews by the German cardinal, Müller describes this Belgian decision as being “heretical” and “diametrically opposed to the Word of God on marriage, the family and the creation of man as man or woman.” …

By Gerhard Card. Müller

The Flemish bishops published a statement on pastoral care for homosexual persons on September 20, 2022. They also propose a kind of liturgy with prayers of blessing for persons of the same sex living together in marriage. They think they can refer to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia by Pope Francis. In doing so, they take the highest teacher of the Church as a crown witness for a so-called inclusive pastoral ministry without turning away from sin. Such an approach, however, is diametrically opposed to the Word of God on marriage, the family and the creation of man as man or woman. However, the well-meaning intention to emphasize the unconditional dignity of each individual human being, regardless of his or her right or wrong behavior, is reversed by the blatant contradictions against the hermeneutical principles and the contents of the revealed faith of the Church.  Continues

Editor writes…

This is the fall-out from Amoris Laetitia. We have discussed AL several times on this blog – click here for an example.  Despite the above fraternal correction from Cardinal Müller, I fear this sort of heretical “blessing” will spread and we will see it happening just about everywhere.  Your thoughts…

Comments (42)

  • Margaret Mary

    This sort of thing was inevitable after Amoris Laetitia – the wolves in sheep’s clothing were already showing their true colours and this gave them their big chance. What this pope has to answer for, is terrifying. Well done on Cardinal Muller for reprimanding the Belgian bishops. I agree, though, that this sort of thing will spread and the majority of the “faithful” will think nothing of it. The rest will be too afraid to say anything for fear of being called a bigot.

    September 23, 2022 at 11:12 am
    • Fidelis

      Margaret Mary,

      Totally inevitable, you are so right. That’s why it was done, of course, remember the footnote that made all the difference. This is wickedness in the high places, truly shocking.

      September 23, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    • Littlemore

      Also, something I hadn’t thought about until the Bishop (not Scots) spoke about. That candidates for the priesthood would have to prove their sex at birth, thereby the priesthood remaining male.

      September 24, 2022 at 4:37 pm
      • Lily


        LOL! I think everyone has to provide a birth certificate for major occasions in life, so that would be taken care of anyway I think, not just because of the trans issue!

        September 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm
      • Littlemore

        The post went before I could say what I wanted to say…

        “Transsexuals win right to change birth certificates”

        September 24, 2022 at 7:22 pm
      • Laura


        Good point – I didn’t think of that!

        September 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm
  • Nicky

    This is dreadful news. I wonder if bloggers think that this is likely to happen here in Scotland? Surely the bishops would never endorse it?

    September 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm
  • Lily

    I can’t see that happening in Scotland, I really can’t. We only have 8 bishops and one of them is quite traditional by all accounts, so I think the brakes would be pressed if any attempt was made to introduce those blessings.

    I think there has to be a formal announcement that the Belgian Church is in schism. That’s about the only way to shut down this sort of thing, IMHO.

    September 23, 2022 at 1:40 pm
    • Fidelis


      I’m sorry to be the party pooper but I think it’s perfectly possible for this to happen here in Scotland. Remember, we’ve been reminded many times in Catholic Truth about the Edinburgh priest (I can’t remember his name) who said in a tabloid newspaper years ago that there was a whole cabal of gay priests working under the noses of the bishops. That was then, by now it will be even more widespread, and it’s only a matter of time before some of them do this. I hope I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Yes, we have one good bishop but there are another seven to think about and the way the wind is blowing, I can’t see one traditional bishop winning out against seven modernists.

      September 23, 2022 at 6:12 pm
      • Lily


        Of course you might be right, I don’t know, but I doubt it. It’s one thing to be engaging in that type of behaviour as a priest but another thing altogether to carry out “blessings” in church. Most of them are trying to hide what they do not make it obvious which is what would happen if they started giving blessings to same-sex couples in church.

        September 23, 2022 at 7:50 pm
  • Josephine

    The diabolical disorientation foretold at Fatima is just spiralling all the time, getting worse and worse This news is totally scandalous. I found this short on YouTube

    September 23, 2022 at 4:02 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Does anyone know if the Belgian bishops’ statement has been translated into English?

    This sentence from Cdl. Muller needs some editing:

    “But the Belgian bishops, on the contrary, are now “ obscuring the teachings of Christ and His Church.”

    In fact, the Belgian bishops are busy setting up a new religion opposed to Christ and His Church. But I’d wager this is just an intermediate step; the goal of these lavender heretics is full acceptance of homosexuality by the Church. Funny how that is also the goal of the current occupant of the Chair of Peter….

    (I thought the German bishops’ conference was the leading edge of this criminal activity, but apparently the Belgians have now taken the lead in the race to Hell.)

    September 23, 2022 at 4:24 pm
    • Fidelis

      RCA Victor,

      That’s exactly right. These bishops have broken from the Catholic Church totally. It’s a pity Cardinal Muller didn’t spell that right out instead of himself obscuring what has happened with his weak response.

      September 23, 2022 at 6:02 pm
    • Lily

      RCA Victor,

      I totally agree that the aim is total acceptance of homosexual activity within the Church – I think that’s very plain to see. I wonder if they are also championing cohabitation, because why would they defend traditional marriage if they think it is good to give same-sex couples a church blessing? None of this makes sense.

      September 23, 2022 at 7:53 pm
  • Gabriel Syme

    This disgusting news is clearly part of an over-arching scheme which is all coming to a head at this point in time.

    The so-called synod “experts” are currently writing up their final reports following the poorly engaged global synod initiative – several nations are already reported to have called for an “inclusive” Church. I expect that this same-sex blessing heresy will be presented as the Church’s response to these calls for inclusivity.

    To see these laughable “experts” – including the self important buffoon Austen Ivereigh – check this out:

    It looks really Catholic, doesn’t it, a group of casually dressed idiots all holding hands together. Ha!

    And, of course, by chance (not) the Belgian Bishops who have produced this much have a meeting scheduled with Francis. I think it was supposed to have happened already, but has been put back to November – conveniently after the point where the “experts” will release their dross to the public.

    Its all a dog and pony show.

    There is no doubt these faux blessings with spread. Apparently the Bishops in the other part of Belgium (there are different language zones) have already signaled they will follow suit.

    If there is anything good to come out of this,it will be that peopel of good will are left with no excuse to see the rotten novus ordo Church for what it is and will have no recourse other than to embrace the traditional faith!

    September 23, 2022 at 9:21 pm
    • Michaela

      Gabriel Syme,

      In answer to your last paragraph, unfortunately that is only going to be true of those who have been taught the faith reasonably well. Most have not, these days, and they think it’s only right to move forward and move with the times, accept gay relationships, contraception, women’s ordination, you name it.

      For those who do have some grasp of the truth, though, you are right, and they’ll have to do their own research and find a traditional parish without delay. There are at least three in Glasgow, Balornock, Toryglen and Bridgeton, so let’s pray for those people who see how wrong this is and want to embrace the traditional faith, as you say.

      September 23, 2022 at 10:23 pm
  • RCAVictor

    If you “bless” mortal sin (actually that’s impossible), and especially a mortal sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance, then you are nothing more than an agent of Satan.

    September 24, 2022 at 12:10 am
    • Laura

      RCA Victor,

      The problem is, and correct me if I’m wrong about this, but I think Amoris Laetitia already endorsed, i.e. all but “blessed” mortal sin, so this sort of public liturgy is just the dropping of all pretence to accepting the moral law/gospel. This is open schism, but it comes from the Amoris Laetitia playbook.

      September 24, 2022 at 11:37 am
      • RCAVictor


        I agree that it comes from the AL playbook, but I was thinking that metaphysically it is impossible to bless mortal sin. It’s a pretend ceremony to fool ordinary sinners into thinking that they are not sinners, and to satisfy the militant voices of those who demand “change” from the Church.

        I wonder if they’ll try to fool God as well?

        September 24, 2022 at 8:04 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,


        Well excuse me. Such big words. My Oh my! Impressed!

        Reminds me of the English lesson where the teacher told the class that while “prison” might be nothing more than a word to most people, to some it is a whole sentence. 😀

        And – still on the theme of vocabulary – a friend once told me that her when her parents used bad language they would usually say “excuse my French” right afterwards, which caused my friend problems when he started school and the teacher asked if anyone knew any French words 😀

        On topic…

        Yes, such “blessings” are meaningless (metaphysical or not 😀 ) precisely because…

        (a) nobody has the authority to bless sin and
        (b) God is not fooled.

        St Paul says as much in Galatians, when he warns us that “God is not mocked – be not deceived” (Galatians 6:7).

        These dreadful Belgian bishops and those supporting them, will pay for this scandal, possibly with their eternal salvation unless they repent – and that publicly, very urgently. But is anyone – at the top of the house – telling them that?

        September 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I just happened to come across this video of Bishop Sheen this evening, exposing the 3-step method by which Communists intend to take over the world, esp. America, and comparing that method to Judas’ betrayal.

    There are so many statements in this video that fully apply to these Judases in Belgium – and everywhere in the hierarchy, it seems – I’m sure I’ve missed many of them:

    September 24, 2022 at 2:39 am
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      That’s interesting. One thing that always concerned me about Fulton Sheen was Bella Dodd’s claim that he discouraged her from publicising her work of Communist infiltration into the Church – whether he was referring to her testimony before Congress or simply generally, I’m not sure. Either way, it’s difficult to understand why he would do that.

      Now, it seems, Cardinal Muller is speaking out more and more. This is from Lifesitenews, arrived in my inbox this morning.

      September 24, 2022 at 9:18 am
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      At last, I managed to view that Fulton Sheen video and it is excellent. Comical moment when he deals with “co-existence” and the heating used in the various houses! He has such a clear mind. A marvellous talk – thanks for posting.

      September 26, 2022 at 8:52 pm
  • Michael 🙏

    Dear friends

    It was only a matter of time before this evil profanity would be endorsed by like minded Ecclesiastics within the Church all the way to the highest echelons.

    You cannot endorse a mortal sin, it contradicts the perennial immutable teachings of the Catholic faith and natural law.

    I see this as part of a diabolical design and process which along with the Synod on Synodality are part of the evil ones diabolical designs to create a counterfeit Church, composed of distorted teachings and morality. A living blasphemy which is the ape of the Catholic Church.

    Cardinal Muller and Archbishop Vigano have been outstanding in challenging this heresy. They clearly see the infiltration and it’s demonic endgame and have the faith and courage to speak out.

    I foresee that this evil contagion will spread even to Scotland, there are plenty of clerics in this country who are very much in accord with their confreres in Belgium. Time and circumstances will tell.

    Ave Maria!

    Every blessing

    Michael 🙏

    September 24, 2022 at 10:25 am
    • Lily


      Your first paragraph reminded me of what Cardinal Ciappi said, that the crisis in the Church begins at the top, and since the spread of homosexuality in the priesthood is not very obvious, I think you are totally right to say that these “blessings” (of grave sin) will be approved by priests/bishops/cardinals at the highest levels – and even the pope, God help us all.

      September 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm
  • Laura

    This whole thing is getting bigger and bigger, schism out in the open now, with the Spanish bishops rebuking the Belgian bishops on this.

    The Vatican – the Pope himself – can’t get away with keeping silent, they’re going to have to take sides.

    September 24, 2022 at 11:34 am
    • Andrew Q


      The Pope does take sides. He replaced a consevative Bishop as head of the Belgian bishops with the liberal – a Godfried Danneels protegé – whom he quickly made a Cardinal who is pushing this through. This,sadly, is Francis’ pattern: get the loony stuff through at a local level, get someone to issue a mild correction, and then let it carry on until it becomes de facto policy. All part of the strategy.

      September 24, 2022 at 7:31 pm
      • Laura

        Andrew Q,

        Yes, I know you’re right, that the Pope is making sure he has liberal bishops everywhere, but I meant now that this blessings business is out in public, he can’t get away with treating it like a little local difficulty. This is clearly schism, they’re in open defiance, so he is going to have to act, surely? He’ll have to say something about it for public consumption?

        September 24, 2022 at 7:38 pm
  • FDS

    Any chance of Scottish Catholic bishops following their Belgian ones 🤓😉.

    In Africa, it’s completely different story.

    September 24, 2022 at 4:33 pm
    • Lily


      Nicky already asked that question about the Scots Bishops and a couple of us answered. I can’t see it happening here, but others can.

      I don’t know what you mean by Africa being a different story. You must know something I don’t.

      September 24, 2022 at 5:52 pm
      • FDS


        I have a family priest friend who had worked in Nigeria for many many years. He’s in a religious order. He was telling me before Covid came in, that homosexual Union or friendships were quite heavily frowned upon those who engage in especially Africa.

        However, there are some priests who lives with a woman which was quite common but heavily under the radar by many bishops. There is a quite fierce opposition to homosexuality in Africa comparison to Europe. He turned down a provincial job, a Bishopric role as he preferred to work with the poor. His ex Bishop now a cardinal, his new Bishop where he taught him in Nigeria schools. He’s almost 80 or over I think but he is still working part time plus a PP in his own parish. He wants to die in Nigeria as I could guess his intention. He predicted there will be an African Pope after his lifetime.

        September 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm
  • Josephine

    Taylor Marshall is on this, as well.

    September 24, 2022 at 6:05 pm
  • editor

    On the broader subject of purity… Here’s the pope looking a tad uncomfortable as he seems to be avoiding looking at the pole dancer, which, of course, he should. To put it mildly. Yip. You read that right. The pole dancer…

    September 24, 2022 at 10:07 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    How embarrassing is that – the pope being entertained by a pole dancer. It’s absolutely shocking. I have no words for this man. No wonder so many people don’t think he’s the pope at all. I understand why they think that. He’s not only not got the air of a holy pope, he’s a worldling. Is there anybody now who actually thinks he’s a good pope (apart from Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab etc).

    September 25, 2022 at 9:34 am
    • Fidelis

      Margaret Mary,

      How embarrassing is that? Well, can it get any more embarrassing? Not in my opinion, no.

      September 25, 2022 at 5:04 pm
  • editor

    Well, folks. I’m rather taken aback at this thread and how it has developed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very interesting. I’m surprised, not at what is here, but at what is NOT here…

    Nobody is complaining that it’s “uncharitable” to criticise the Belgian bishops for their move to bless homosexual relationships. Nobody.

    Nobody is demanding that this thread be closed down or deleted. Nobody.

    Nobody is accusing me of causing scandal, doing harm to souls, by publishing this news.

    Quite the reverse. Everybody appears to understand that the ordained – including bishops – SHOULD be corrected for any false or misleading teaching. Everybody. So far at least.

    If you are lurking there feeling aggrieved at the lack of charity or compassion evident in the comments on this thread for those bishops who are reaching out to the “marginalised” in society, or if you feel I ought to be ostracised by the entire Catholic community for spreading this scandal, feel free to share your thoughts. Straight up, out in the open here – much better than back-biting and gossip behind my back. Go on – feel free. Speak your mind… Prize: a free ticket to the Conference next March!

    September 25, 2022 at 6:11 pm
    • Josephine


      I’d be amazed if there is anybody feeling “aggrieved” about this thread – they would have to be very ignorant about the duty to expose error and correct it. It’s very important that scandals of all sorts are brought out of the darkness into the light – as St Catherine of Siena said, we’ve had enough of silence! It’s a sin to keep silent when there are scandals to be exposed and that applies to senior churchmen like these Belgian bishops as much as it does to any priest causing scandal of one kind or another in their parishes. If anyone is gossiping about you, they need to gossip about Taylor Marshall and Archbishop Vigano as well!

      I bags that free conference ticket, LOL!

      September 25, 2022 at 7:37 pm
      • editor


        My comment dated 25 September, 6.11pm was a tongue-in-cheek dig at the people who pout and stew in contrived anger when I raise issues of concern about the words/actions of certain clergy. To justify their anger they claim hurt, wounded beyond imagination at such concerns which they interpret as personal criticism. Criticism it may be, of course, but not personal. If you complain about your doctor’s or dentist’s failings in some area of their alleged expertise, they don’t accuse you of being personal – they offer compensation and promise to do better in the future than they have done in the past 😀

        But, hey, yes, sure, that free Conference ticket is yours, just send me your address!

        September 26, 2022 at 10:23 am
  • Lily

    This is really shocking – the Pope approves these homosexual blessings.

    September 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm

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