Catholic leaders condemn pope's endorsement of same-sex unions

24 Octobre, 2020, 22:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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He added: "What we have to create is a civil union law". He spoke in favor of civil unions for same-sex couples in a 2010 meeting of bishops, when he was serving as the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Reports that Pope Francis, in a documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, justified the validity of same-sex marriages is misleading and against facts, stated the KCBC. Of his belief in the need for legislation to protect gay couples in civil relationships, he says: "I stood up for that".

It would be as though the president of the United States said he does not believe in the electoral college or the right of the people to bear arms.

"This argument that even the Pope is for civil partnerships is very needed, and we will definitely use it in our fight for civil unions and same-sex marriage", he told Reuters.

Pope Francis had a detailed interview of one hour and 20 minutes with a Mexican journalist at his Vatican residence in 2019 when he was asked if he had changed since his time as archbishop of Argentina when he vehemently opposed gay marriage.

Tobin noted in a statement earlier this week that the Pope's remarks clearly contradicted "what has been the long-standing teaching of the Church about same-sex unions" and that "the Church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships".

Archbishop Victor Fernandez of La Plata, Argentina, who is known to be close to Pope Francis, wrote on his Facebook page October 21 that when, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis advocated for some form of civil union law, the majority of bishops disagreed fearing that many people would equate such a law with marriage.

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Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City in 2014.

Francis all but confirms Rubin's account of what transpired in the film.

Cardinal O'Malley added that "the Pope's endorsement of civil unions is not an endorsement of homosexual activity".

Among those in the former category is Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., who was quick to issue a statement of his own calling on the Pope for clarification.

"It is also Church teaching that "there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family", the Archdiocese of NY spokesman noted. "It speaks, rather, of a pastoral approach to these issues". "He has simply called for all people to be treated with the dignity and love which is their due by being created in God's image and likeness and being children of the Heavenly Father".

"The message of Jesus is He came to save us all", he concluded. We do not serve people well by falsely claiming that we can change the Decalogue.

"The Holy Father clearly differentiated between a civil arrangement, which accords mutual benefits to two people, and marriage". 'Marriage is unique; marriage, by its nature, is complementarity between man and woman. Making pastoral services available for people living in same-sex relationships is a serious consideration in the Church. This would mean that Pope Francis was talking about some kind of legal protection but not a homosexual civil union.

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