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*Image: The Schism by Jehan Georges Vibert, c. 1874 [Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT]

By Michele Malia McAloon, The Catholic Thing, May 6, 2021

Michele Malia McAloon is a wife, mother, retired U.S. Army officer, and canon lawyer residing in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Michele Malia McAloonThe universal Church is about to witness, in the homeland of Martin Luther, some (but not all) German bishops taking a dangerous path toward open schism with the pope.  In outright rebellion to the text by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on March 15, 2021, which denied that the Church has the authority to bless “same-sex unions,” various German bishops plan to do just that on May 10.

Their website “Love wins, blessing service for lovers” calls for participants to upload their pictures to express agreement with a short statement, which begins, “We do not refuse a blessing ceremony. We do this in our responsibility as pastors” and ends, “We do not accept that an exclusive and outdated sexual morality is carried out on the backs of people and undermines our work in pastoral care.” …

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