Pope effectively demotes official credited with notorious pronouncement about same-sex couples

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ROME (AP) – Pope Francis on Monday took the first steps to reorganize the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office, excluding the Catholic Church’s blessing for same-sex couples from numbers widely believed to be attributed to a controversial document. Removed 2 officer because God “cannot bless sin.”

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Francis named Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, who is currently the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Religion, Bishop of the Italian Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Gustalla. The move is equivalent to a demotion, as Morandi currently has the title of archbishop, yet going to a smaller diocese, not an archdiocese.

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of Religion, or CDF, is one of the most important Vatican offices, interpreting doctrine for the Universal Catholic Church, approving dissenters and handling cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors. Morandi joined the CDF in 2015 as an under-secretary and was promoted to the rank of secretary, or No. 2, in 2017.

He was widely seen as the backbone of a March 2021 document that angered the gay community, whom Francis took pains to welcome into the church.

The document declared that the Catholic Church would not bless homosexual unions because God “cannot bless sin.” The document states that Francis had been informed of the document and “granted his consent” to its publication, but Francis was clearly surprised by its effectiveness.

Francis has since made several gestures of outreach to the gay Catholic community and their advocates, including a recent letter to an American nun by the CDF, Sister Jeanine Grammick, congratulating her on her 50-year term of LGBTQ ministry.

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The CDF is currently led by Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria, but is expected to retire relatively soon as he turns 78 in April, three years above the normal retirement age for bishops.

In addition to Morandi, the CDF has two “additional secretaries”, including US Archbishop Joseph Di Noia, who is due to retire soon after turning 79 in July. The second Archbishop is Charles Scicluna, but he has a full-time job as Archbishop of Malta.

Morandi’s impending retirement and transfer thus suggest some management changes to the office, although they will likely not be announced until Francis releases his blueprint for reform of the Vatican’s overall bureaucracy, expected sometime this year. Is.

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