Bishop bars blessings for cohabiting and same-sex couples

The Vatican's document permitting blessings for those in "irregular situations," including same-sex relationships, has continued to spark controversy and varied responses from bishops around the world.

On Feb. 9, Bishop Liam S. Cary of Baker, Oregon, said he has asked the priests of

Cardinal Zen calls for resignation of doctrinal prefect

After authorizing blessings for homosexual couples, the head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, is facing backlash from multiple national churches and certain clerics across the globe.

The newest reaction came from the former bishop of

Pope talks blessings and divisions with Roman clergy

Responding to questions from priests and deacons ministering in the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis said the possibility of blessing gay couples regards "people, not organizations" or their agendas.

The pope spent about three hours Jan. 13 with some 800 priests and deacons