London Daily

Focus on the big picture.

Ukrainian Catholic Church Rejects Vatican Document on Same-Sex Marriages

The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, declared on Saturday that a Vatican document endorsed by Pope Francis, which allows blessings for same-sex couples, does not apply to his church or its doctrines. He specified that the Vatican's guidance referred only to the practices of the Roman Catholic or Latin Church, therefore it holds no legal weight for the members of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
Archbishop Shevchuk emphasized that blessings should align with the church's teachings, and must uphold the Catholic definition of family as a permanent, faithful, and fruitful union between a man and a woman.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which follows traditions akin to the Orthodox Church but maintains unity with the Vatican since a 16th century agreement, was suppressed during Soviet times. It has now resurfaced with approximately 4.5 million followers, representing about 10% of Ukraine's population.

The Vatican's directive, issued by its doctrinal office, proposes that while same-sex couples can receive blessings, these should not be mistaken for the church-sanctioned heterosexual marriage and should not be conducted as a part of official church rituals.

As for broader LGBTQ+ rights, Ukraine is seeing a gradual advancement, diverging from Russia's stance. The country's President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has shown support for LGBTQ+ rights, but has ruled out constitutional amendments for same-sex marriage during ongoing conflict.
Newsletter

Related Articles

London Daily
0:00
0:00
Close
News roundup
Good day, everyone! We've got some gripping stories for you today, spanning from the Middle East to Europe, and even a touch of Hollywood.
Britain’s Refugee Visa Rules Stranding Children in War Zones
UK Elections Predict ‘Electoral Extinction’ for PM Sunak’s Conservative Party
Italian Activist Ilaria Salis Returns Home After Election to European Parliament
Good morning!
England Faces Serbia in Euro Opener with Defensive Concerns
Dermatologist Warns Against Sunbed Usage
Fake Pro-Reform UK Social Accounts and Their Influence on Elections
UK Man Jailed for Non-Consensual Condom Removal
Reform UK Surpasses Conservatives in Historic Poll
US, Britain, Canada Accuse Russia of Interference in Moldova’s Election
Taylor Swift Fans Create Seismic Activity in Edinburgh
Sunak Aide Under Investigation for Election Bet
Labour Leader Starmer Focuses on Wealth Creation for Upcoming UK Elections
G7 to Use Frozen Russian Assets for $50 Billion Ukraine Aid
Anti-Israel Irish MEP Clare Daly LOST her seat in the EU Election
Johnson & Johnson Settles Talc Safety Claims for $700 Million
EU Urged to Welcome Skilled Russians to Weaken Putin
EU Elections Overview: Far-Right Gains and Major Political Shifts
Israel Rescues Four Hostages from Gaza
Emmanuel Macron Calls for Snap Election
Jordan Bardella: Young Far-Right Leader Poised for Future Political Influence in France
World's Oldest Privately Owned Book Auctioned for $3.8 Million
Animal Rights Activists Deface King Charles' Portrait in Protest
Dutch Military Intel Uncovers Extensive Chinese Cyber Espionage
Turkish Student Arrested for Using AI to Cheat in University Exam
Rise in Dengue and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Europe Due to Climate Change
EU Elections Overview: Far-Right Gains and Major Political Shifts
Far-Right National Rally Dominates France's EU Vote
Macron Calls Snap Legislative Elections After Far-Right Victory
Far-Right Gains Significantly in EU Election
UK Job Market Shows Signs of Recovery
Orban’s Fidesz Party Wins Majority in Hungary’s EU Elections as New Challenger Emerges
Meloni's Far-Right Party Wins European Elections in Italy
Key Insights from the European Union Elections
European Union Elections and Rise of Far-Right Parties
England Loses Over 260,000 Social Rent Homes in a Decade
Campaigners Urge Government to Block Shein's FTSE Listing
First NHS AI-Run Physiotherapy Clinic Launches This Year
British TV Presenter Michael Mosley Found Dead on Greek Island
Ukrainian Forces Claims First Strike on Russia's Su-57 Fighter Jet
Macron Dissolves Parliament and Calls Snap Elections
Russia Adds Yulia Tymoshenko to Wanted List
UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron Tricked by Hoax Caller Posing as Former Ukrainian President
Kate Middleton's Absence from Colonel's Review Due to Chemotherapy
UK Foreign Secretary Deceived by Prank Video Call
Sunak Criticised Over D-Day Exit in BBC Debate
Rishi Sunak Apologizes for Leaving D-Day Commemoration Early
UK Woman Sentenced After Causing Fatal Crash While Sending Selfies
×