Elton John has raised his voice against the Vatican, after a statement was issued by the Catholic Church that it will not be blessing same-sex marriages. As of Monday, a question had been addressed whether members of the Catholic clergy can give their blessings to homo-sexual couples.
The statement was accepted by Pope Francis, he stated “God cannot bless a sin”. However, it did assure that the Catholic Church still openly welcomes people from the LGBTQ+ community.
Elton John strongly reacted to this statement by posting a picture of the “Rocketman” movie, which the Vatican helped finance. The film highlights Johns relationship with his husband, David Furnish.
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? John Tweeted this on his personal account.
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
To show the hypocrisy, John kept the two photos side by side and posted them on Twitter, while one picture shows that the Vatican’s supported the production of the film by investing in it, on other hand.
The Vatican has not yet confirmed these allegations but hasn’t even commented on it either. The news was originally brought to light when an Italian publication Corriere Della Sera rolled out an article stating the investments made by the Vatican’s using its Peter Pence fund. As per the publication, the fund had invested more than €4 million, including the latest Men in Black movie and the biography of Elton John named, “Rocketman”
Rocketman was budgeted at $40 million and made $195.2 million upon its release in May 2019.