Cardinal DiNardo joins U.S. bishops' statement on “Fiducia supplicans”

December 20, 2023

HOUSTON - Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston, shared this statement:

"I associate myself with the statement released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which addresses the recently issued document Fiducia Supplicans. It is a clear and succinct statement which I encourage all to read:

“The Declaration issued today by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) articulated a distinction between liturgical (sacramental) blessings, and pastoral blessings, which may be given to persons who desire God’s loving grace in their lives. The Church’s teaching on marriage has not changed, and this declaration affirms that, while also making an effort to accompany people through the imparting of pastoral blessings because each of us needs God’s healing love and mercy in our lives.”