From the Associated Press:
Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece on Wednesday that he feels “shame for my Church” and “intellectual and moral incomprehension” after Pope Francis approved the “negative” response to a question about whether Roman Catholic clergy have the authority to bless same-sex unions. The official response said God “does not and cannot bless sin".
Bonny, who was part of a Vatican 2015 synod on marriage and family, said: “I want to apologise to all for whom this is painful and incomprehensible.”
He also said that he was disappointed by the level of argument that ran through the note from the Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“Intellectually, this does not even reach the level of high school. These kinds of arguments, the logic, you see right through it. These days, you don't convince anyone that way,” Bonny said.
The conference of Belgian bishops backed Bonny's concerns, saying LGBT faithful and their families saw the Vatican decree as “exceptionally painful". The conference urged everyone to work on “a climate of respect, recognition and integration.”