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Pope Francis shows support for homosexual civil unions

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Pope Francis' statements are a departure from previous comments about LGBT rights. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Pope Francis says that he believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to establish “civil unions”.

Pope made comments in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. Some said this was his clearest comment on gay relationships. He said in the film premiered on Wednesday that homosexual people are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it. He added, we have to create a civil union law so that they are legally covered.

Also, he said that he “stood up for that”, apparently referring to his time as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and although he opposed same-sex marriage, he supported some legal protections for same-sex couples.

The film “Francesco”

Francesco, a film about the life and work of the Pope, premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival. In addition to the Pope’s comments on civil unions, the film also shows that he encourages two gay men to take three children to the church.

Pope Francis’ biographer Austen Ivereigh said that he is not “surprise” by the latest comments.

Mr Iveli said that it was his position as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.” “He was always opposed to marriage being for same-sex couples. But he believed the church should advocate for a civil union law for gay couples to give them legal protection.”

According to current Catholic teachings, homosexual relationships are “deviant behaviour”. The Vatican Doctrinal Organization stated in 2003: “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions”.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and the sovereign state of the Vatican City-state. Francis was the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas. He also the first from the southern hemisphere. The first pope outside of Europe since the rule of Gregory III of Syria in the 8th century.

Throughout public life, Pope Francis is known for his humility. His emphasis on the mercy of God, his international reputation as a pope. He also concerns for the poor and his commitment to inter-religious dialogue.

Homosexuality in the past

The Pope’s comments are the latest in a series of sentiments he expresses about LGBT rights-expressing some support but not fully agreeing.

In 2013, the Pope stated in his book “On Heaven and Earth” that the law equating same-sex relationships with heterosexual marriages would be “an anthropological regression”.

He also says that if same-sex couples allowed adopting as every child needs a male father and a female mother that can help them shape their identity.

In the same year, he reaffirmed the Church’s position that homosexual acts were sin, but said homosexual orientation was not.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he asked.

In 2014, it has reported that Pope Francis expressed support for civil unions for same-sex couples in an interview. However, the press office of the Holy See denied this.

 

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