The joyous moment of a lesbian couple in Punavuori, Helsinki, has stirred quite a dispute within the ranks of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday reported that pastor Toni Fagerholm blessed the same-sex partnership during the Helsinki Pride event, prompting various church spokespersons to publicly emphasise that the service was in fact a prayer, not a blessing.
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Bishop laments debate over same-sex blessing
On Wednesday, Irja Askola, the Bishop of Helsinki, stated in public what had already become apparent for many. “Information I've received suggests that the pastor considered the service a blessing.