The Vatican on Monday officially gave an announcement on issues regarding the blessing of gay couples in the Catholic Church.
There has been requests from gay couples and Bishops made to the Vatican regarding its stance.
The statement comes as a formal response to questions bordering on whether Catholic clerics have the authority to bless gay unions.
In the two-page response signed by Pope Francis and published in seven languages, the Vatican gave “negative” as an answer to those making such inquiries.
The Pope said the church will not bless gay couples since “God cannot bless sin.”
The statement affirms the church’s decision to welcome and also bless gay people should not be mistaken to mean approval of unions between them.
Stating further, the Vatican argued that same-sex unions contradict God’s plan, adding that any such sacramental recognition could be confused with marriage.
It also maintained that while people who belong to the LGBT community should be accorded dignity and respect, gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.”
It added that the Catholic Church upholds its teaching which sees marriage as a union between a man and woman for procreation as planned by God.
The statement comes as a setback for those advocating acceptance of couples belonging to the LGBT community into the Catholic Church.
Source: Associated Press