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Elton John accuses Vatican of hypocrisy over its stance on same-sex unions

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The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrineof the Faith, was responding to a question about whether Catholicclergy can bless gay unions.

It replied: “Negative.”

Sir Elton, who married David Furnish in 2014, said the Vaticanhad invested “millions” in his 2019 biopic Rocketman and accused it of hypocrisy.

He wrote on Instagram: “How can the Vatican refuse to bless gaymarriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit frominvesting millions in Rocketman – a film which celebrates my findinghappiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy.”

The singer, 73, tagged the Catholic Church and Pope Francis, who approved the Vatican’s decree.

According to US outlet The Daily Beast, the Vatican invested in both Rocketman and Men in Black: International.

Rocketman was a critical and commercial success, winning praisefor its portrayal of Sir Elton’s homosexuality. It featured a sex scenebetween actors Taron Egerton and Richard Madden.

The Vatican has been contacted for comment.

In its explanation on same-sex unions, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said God “cannot bless sin”.

“The presence in such relationships of positive elements, whichare in themselves to be valued and appreciated, cannot justify theserelationships and render them legitimate objects of an ecclesialblessing, since the positive elements exist within the context of aunion not ordered to the Creator’s plan,” it said.

God “does not and cannot bless sin: He blesses sinful man, sothat he may recognise that he is part of his plan of love and allowhimself to be changed by him,” it added.

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