Elton John, a renowned English singer, has called out the Vatican over its recent decree that Catholic Church won’t give its blessing to gay marriages.
On Monday, the Vatican finally reacted to enquires bordering on whether or not Catholic clerics have the authority to bless same-sex unions.
In a two-page response signed by Pope Francis, the Vatican had described gay sex as “intrinsically disordered,” noting that the church would not support it.
It, however, reiterated the church’s inclusive approach towards those belonging to the LGBT community.
But reacting to the development in a social media post, John accused the Vatican of “hypocrisy”.
The songwriter also questioned the Vatican’s stance when it “happily makes profit from investing millions” in initiatives promoting same-sex unions.
Buttressing his point, the musician cited the Vatican’s alleged investment in ‘Rocketman’, his 2019 movie, which focused on his life and marriage as gay.
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they “are sin”, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in “Rocketman” – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy,” he wrote.
How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they “are sin”, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in “Rocketman” – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy@VaticanNews @Pontifex pic.twitter.com/sURtrWB6Nd
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 15, 2021
The Vatican has come under fire from several quarters over alleged misappropriation of funds donated for the poor after a probe into its expenditures.
In 2019, the Vatican was alleged to have spent $4.5 million on John’s movie as well as ‘Men in Black: International’, another hit movie.
Francis has adopted a more inclusive approach in his handling of issues relating to LGBT people since he became pope in March 2013.
He had last year endorsed same-sex civil unions despite the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.
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