According to the John Paul II Academy, 'These scandalous episodes show that Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández does not have the necessary minimum qualities required to fulfil the role of defender of the faith.'
The bishops' conference of the north of Africa announced plans to bless couples 'in an irregular situation,' eschewing both Catholic teaching and the recent continent-wide declaration against blessing such unions.
Fathers Kevin Kennedy and Jerald Geronimo of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco announced they will not bestow blessings on 'couples in irregular unions, including same-sex couples.'
Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne published a statement which insisted priests are only to offer blessings to individuals. The ecclesial province of Rennes, which includes nine dioceses, stated the same thing. But nearly all of France’s other bishops remained silent.
'A blessing has to do with the order that God has created and that He has declared to be good. This order is based on the sexual difference of male and female, called to be one flesh. Blessing a reality that is contrary to creation is not only impossible, it is blasphemy.'
Malawi's bishops have clarified that ‘blessings of any kind and for same sex unions of any kind’ are not permitted, in line with unchangeable Catholic teaching that the Church cannot bless sinful relationships.