The LGBTQ community and its supporters woke up to sad news when the Vatican declared that same-sex marriages cannot be blessed by the Catholic Church. Their verdict infuriated several people across the globe, with celebrities slamming the decision as well. Legendary singer, Elton John, was also disappointed to hear the news. He lashed out at the authorities for their biased decision. The singer called the move a hypocritical decision, and went on to share a fuming tweet about the same. 

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John expressed his displeasure by sharing two news pieces that talked about the Vatican’s hypocritical move. He tagged the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and Vatican News, the communication service provided by the Vatican in his post, and asked them as to how they can renounce to bless gay marriages but at the same time, gain profit by funding his biopic, Rocketman, that showed gay marriage.

One of the two news articles shared by the singer talked about the same-sex marriage decision, while the other article had a headline that read, ‘How the Vatican spent millions on Elton John’s biopic’. Attaching these images to his tweet, he wrote, “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??”

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The Vatican recently stated that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, calling any such blessing a sin. On March 14, The Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement saying, “The blessing of a homosexual union cannot be considered licit, because they would constitute a certain imitation or analogue of the nuptial blessing invoked on the man and woman united in the sacrament of Matrimony” The Doctrine of Faith further added, “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

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According to an investigation by Newsweek, the Vatican had spent 1 million Euros ($1.2 million) on John’s biopic. The film was made on a budget of around $40 million, reported Variety. Rocketman earned $195.2 million at the box office after its release in 2019. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film featured Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, and Jamie Bell in key roles. Rocketman released in India on May 31.