When Same-Gender Marriage Was a Christian Rite


Prof. John Boswell, the former Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

At St. John Lateran in Rome (traditionally the Pope’s parish church) in 1578, as many as thirteen same-gender couples were joined during a high Mass and with the cooperation of the Vatican clergy, “taking communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together” according to a contemporary report. Another woman to woman union is recorded in Dalmatia in the 18th century.

When Same-Gender Marriage Was a Christian Rite

Is there any truth to this? Or has anyone heard of this before?

Clearly it was never official Church teaching that marriage between members of the same sex was legit.

it is a complete misreading of texts and misunderstanding of the rites described, and has been debunked here and on other sites several times.

Good deal, thanks…I’ll look for said debunkings :slight_smile:

God Bless


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