First time as Potiff, Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Civil Union Law

For the first time as pontiff, Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions  while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday 21st October, 2020. The papal endorsement came midway through the film that address issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality and the people most affected by discrimination.


First time as Potiff, Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Civil Union Law

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Pope Francis said;

H0m0sexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.

The Pope was praised by the Jesuit priest, Rev. James Martin, who has been at the forefront in seeking to connect with g4y people in the church. Martin said in a statement;

The Pope’s speaking positively about civil unions also sends a strong message to places where the church has opposed such laws,”

“The film tells the story of the pope by reversing the cameras,” said Vatican communications director Paolo Ruffini, who was one of Afineevsky’s closest Vatican-based collaborators on the film.

However, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was intensively opposed to same-sex marriage when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. Then, he launched what g4y activists remember as a “war of God” against Argentina’s move to approve same-sex marriage.

The pope’s authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, said at the time of his 2013 election that Bergoglio was politically wise enough to know the church couldn’t win a straight-on fight against same-sex marriage. Instead, Rubin said, Bergoglio urged his fellow bishops to lobby for same-sex civil unions instead.

It wasn’t until Bergoglio’s proposal was shot down by the conservative bishops’ conference that Bergoglio publicly declared his opposition, and the church lost the issue altogether.

Francis, in the new documentary, confirms Rubin’s account of what transpired. Of his belief in the need for legislation to protect gay people living in civil relationships, he said:

I stood up for that.”

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, praised Francis’ comments as a “historic” shift for a church that has long been seen as persecuting gay people. He said in a statement;

At the same time, we urge Pope Francis to apply the same kind of reasoning to recognize and bless these same unions of love and support within the Catholic Church, too,”

However, more conservative commentators sought to play down Francis’ words and said that while secular civil unions are one thing, a church blessing of them is quite another.

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Source: The African Media


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