Delegates of a synodal assembly on the reform of the Catholic Church adopted a paper to allow blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples.
The Synodal Assembly — which is focused on reforming the Church — adopted a paper in Frankfurt on Friday to allow for same-sex couples to have their relationships blessed by the German Catholic Church from 2026.
Of the 202 members of the Synodal Assembly, 176 voted in favour, 14 against and 12 abstained.
Allowing blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has been among the key demands in the Synodal Path reform process, which has been ongoing since 2019.
According to the German Catholic news agency KNA, blessings would also be allowed for civilly remarried and divorcees.
KNA reported that the there was a recommendation that the German Bishops’ Conference and the Central Committee of German Catholics “develop and introduce appropriate liturgical celebrations in a timely manner.”