Elton John has condemned the Pope for ruling that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful, accusing the Vatican of hypocrisy after it invested in the biopic Rocketman which was co-produced by his husband David Furnish.
‘How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages,’ asked the 73-year-old singer, ‘yet happily make a profit from investing millions in Rocketman – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?’.
Italian media reported in 2019 that around a million euros (£860,000) of Vatican funds had gone towards the film via a Maltese investment group. The Hollywood production brought in $185million (£140million) at the box office.
But the Vatican’s ruling on Monday, approved by Pope Francis, means Catholic clergy are prevented from blessing same-sex unions such as Elton’s marriage to David Furnish in 2014.
The decision has angered gay worshippers, and some rebel priests are even planning to offer unauthorised blessings in defiance of the Vatican’s verdict.
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Source: Daily Mail