Pope Francis Supports Same-Sex Marriage during Francesco Premier
Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to give thumbs up to same-sex civil unions.
The Vatican has long upheld a stance against same-sex civil unions, but the Pope is now calling for new civil law that would back homosexuals, lesbians and the Gay community.
Pope Francis made the endorsement of same-sex civil unions while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco”.
The documentary premiered on Wednesday at the critically acclaimed Rome Film Festival.
Pope Francis notes that Homosexual people have the right to be in a family, that they are children of God, and that one cannot kick someone out of a family.
The Pope added that it is unfair for people to make homosexuals have a miserable life for their decision, concluding that ‘What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.’
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Jesuit Priest hails Pope Francis for his Stance on Same-Sex Marriage
Reverend James Martin, the Jesuit priest who has always championed the homosexual Civil union cause, gives high praise to the Papal’s statements, saying the pope’s comment is “a major step forward in the church’s support for LGBT people.”
“The Pope’s speaking positively about civil unions also sends a strong message to places where the church has opposed such laws,” Martin said in a statement.
Catholic Church doctrine teaches that gays must be treated with dignity and respect but frowns on homosexual acts, saying that they are “intrinsically disordered.”
In a 2003 document from the Vatican’s doctrine office, the church explains that respect for gays “cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”
That document was signed by the prefect of the office t that time, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI and Francis’ predecessor.
One of the main characters in the documentary is Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean survivor of clergy sexual abuse. Pope Francis had initially discredited Cruz during a 2018 visit to Chile.
In a later development, Cruz, who is gay made things up with the Pope.
Francis encouraged him that God made Cruz gay.
Through snippets in the documentary, Cruz narrates his own story, featuring both Francis’ evolving stance on understanding sexual abuse as well as chronicling the views of the Pope on the gay community.
The film Director, Evgeny Afineevsky had remarkable access to the Vatican television archives, the Cardinals and the pope himself.
He revealed he negotiated his way in through persistent hard work. He also explained that he got to the pope through some well-connected Argentines in Rome.
Afineevsky said in an interview ahead of the premiere:
“Listen, when you are in the Vatican, the only way to achieve something is to break the rule and then to say, ‘I’m sorry.’”
Pope Francis on Same-Sex marriage: The news of the papal approval has not gone down well completely with all Catholics, especially conservatives.
Conservative groups and individuals sought to play down Francis’ words, insinuating that while secular civil unions are one thing, a church blessing of homosexuals is not the same thing.
United States author and commentator Ryan Anderson, in a tweet, noted that conservative groups would support federal civil unions for any two adults who come together to share domestic responsibilities.
He, however, places a clause that such an arrangement needs the churches to give approval or refusal of recognizing these unions as marriage.