Statement from Cardinal Tobin on the doctrinal declaration, “Fiducia supplicans”

This week, the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith released a Declaration entitled “Fiducia supplicans,” which highlights the difference between sacramental blessings during religious ceremonies and pastoral blessings, which can be given to people who seek God’s grace. Recipients of pastoral blessings can include people in a same-sex union. The Church’s teaching on marriage remains unchanged, and the statement underscores the importance of blessings as a support for people on their spiritual journeys, recognizing that everyone can benefit from God’s healing love and mercy.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Newark