Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, stated in a recent interview that homosexuals belong to the Church’s “sacramental community” and has defended “blessing” homosexual couples.
On December 23, 2019, Cardinal Marx gave an interview to the German magazine Der Stern in which he said: “I insist: we welcome homosexuals, they belong to the Church, also to the sacramental community.”
Marx said that homosexual couples can receive “a blessing in the sense of a pastoral accompaniment, we can pray together.”
The expression “sacramental community” means here that, according to Marx, homosexuals are not excluded from receiving the sacraments. However, the Church’s teaching is that those who live in the state of mortal sin without the intention to change their way of life are indeed to be excluded from the sacraments.