Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Don Scordato Blesses Life Partners in Palermo
(Rome) What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently installed a “Bergoglian” as archbishop, “blessed” a lesbian couple. “I hope that the church will one day bless gay unions,” said the priest.
The Sicilian case is reminiscent of those in Castellón in Spain, where a priest “blessed” a lesbian couple in the Church. The priest then denied the blessing: He had “only” blessed the “love.” The two lesbians had however sent “wedding invitations.”
The former Jesuit church of Palermo, which is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, has long been “committed” to the acceptance of aberrosexuality.
Pastor Cosimo Scordato called two lesbians last Sunday before the start of the Mass on the altar, to announce their upcoming civil “marriage”. The Italian parliament decided last February, referring to a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, for the legalization of a de facto legal institution for aberrosexual liaisons.
Don Scordato congratulated the lesbian couple explained his decision and blessed it in the church. He called upon the church to “impartially receive and to pray for the couple,” the two lesbians.
The incident not only drew attention all over Italy in the leftist media but was also part of a documentary about and for “gay marriage” in Italy.
The two women, Elisabetta Cina (49) and Serenella Fiasconaro (46) are not practicing Catholics. But both are active in the gay scene and are committed sociopolitically for the recognition of homosexuality. Both have appeared already in T-shirts with provocative inscriptions in public.
Critics accuse the pair and Don Scordato of putting on a subversive act with the aim of overthrowing the doctrine of the Catholic Church on aberrosexuality.
“The two women one day came to me and asked me to bless their wedding rings. The Church does not allow the sacrament of marriage for homosexual couples. I have invited them to come to Mass to introduce themselves to the community, because the Church has to accept all,” said Don Scordato last Sunday before calling the lesbian couple to meet him at the altar. Then he called on the faithful, “to greet the two and their love with a round of applause.”
A prompt, docile acquiescence prevailed among those present in the majority. “Don Scordato was fantastic,” said the two lesbians. “His naturalness surprised us.”
“My hope is that the Church will accept one day to bless homosexual relationships,” said Don Scordato. At the same time he announced other gay couples in the same way and his desire to bless them. “Things are changing – slowly, but” said the church rector.
In 2011 Don Scordato had criticized Benedict XVI. publicly as “homophobic” and thus harvested the applause of gay organizations, “The gays have the right to love,” said the diocesan priest, because “what matters is love.”
From his parish, which he took over in 1986, he made a (left) Social Centre. It is “politically independent”, but “not apolitical” about being “non-denominational” but “open to all”. Don Scordato says of himself that he is “in love with liberation theology.”