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Elton John slams the Vatican over gay marriage hypocrisy following their investment in Rocketman biopic

Elton John
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Sir Elton John has accused the Vatican of hypocrisy following their decree that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions because God "cannot bless sin". Despite their controversial views, the star claims the establishment to have profited “from investing millions” in his 2019 hit film Rocketman, which celebrates his life as a homosexual musician.

The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine, issued a negative response to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions via a two-page explanation published in seven languages, approved by Pope Francis. 

Following the statement, Elton John took to social media to post his thoughts, and tagged the Catholic Church and Pope Francis in his message. He writes:

"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."

Elton John married his long-term partner David Furnish in 2014, following the legalisation of gay marriage.

Reportedly, the Vatican’s Secretariat Of State invested £850,000 in the biopic, despite the film’s accurate depiction of John’s homosexuality, which included multiple gay sex scenes. 

Elizabeth Scarlett

Elizabeth (Lizzie) is a music-obsessed creative soul with a love for all things heavy. In her spare time you’ll probably find her designing music magazines, playing the bass and most likely fantasising about Lemmy.