Elton John blasted the Vatican on Monday over its decision not to allow gay marriage in the Catholic church.
The Vatican announced on Monday that the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are.
The message, approved by Pope Francis, came in response to questions about whether the church should reflect the increasing social and legal acceptance of same-sex unions.
The formal response claimed that “God does not and cannot bless sin”. Last year, the pope endorsed gay civil unions during a documentary interview.
Taking to social media this afternoon, John shared screenshots of news articles on the Vatican’s response while highlighting its apparent “hypocrisy”.
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’,” he wrote, “yet happily make a profit from investing millions in Rocketman – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David [Furnish]??”
The musician signed off with the hashtag “#hypocrisy” before tagging the accounts of his husband, Vatican News, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.
You can see the post below.
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
In 2019, it was reported that the Vatican’s Secretariat Of State contributed $1.18 million towards the biopic – despite the film detailing John’s relationships and including gay sex scenes. John tied the knot to his partner David Furnish in 2014 – the year that same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales. The pair had previously been in a civil partnership since 2005.