Pope Francis now Supports Civil Unions for LGBTQ
This is fall over news from the Vatican.
Pope Francis has now said He Supports the Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples.
Quoted as saying, “If this a public recognition that same-sex couples deserve — and the church will no longer block — the legal recognition of committed relationships, clearly that is an international game-changer,” said one member of a Catholic LGBTQ organization.
After decades the Catholic Church has made multiple attempts to crush and defeat the marriage equality movement; now, Pope Francis has called for recognition of civil unions for same-sex couples.
In a new documentary, the pontiff is heard saying, “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way, they are legally covered,” said Pope Francis when speaking about supporting LGBTQ people the Catholic News Agency further. “I stood up for that.”
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” said the pope. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it.”
This new documentary by Evgeny Afineevsky, Francesco, premiered at the Rome Film Festival recently and focused on how the pope cares and has helped many disadvantaged communities in the past.
The comments made in the film are the first time Pope Francis has openly called for legal protections for same-sex relationships as the pontiff.
Back in 2003, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith meeting — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI — quoted as saying; “Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity.”
There had been some now disputed reports in the past that Francis had privately supported civil unions back in 2010 when he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires. The country at that time was passing marriage equality laws at this time.
However, the pope has never supported full-fledged marriage for same-sex couples or the official recognition of marriage by the church of same-sex relationships.
After Wednesday’s news, Catholic LGBTQ activists were excited by the information but cautious about the report.
Marianne Duddy-Burke, the executive director of Dignity USA, a Catholic LGBTQ organization, is quoted as saying, “If this a public recognition that same-sex couples deserve — and the church will no longer block — the legal recognition of committed relationships, clearly that is an international game-changer,” Although, Duddy-Burke has called the pope’s comments “very significant,” she wanted further clarification on exactly what the pope meant.
She went on further to say, “I think it’s going to spike a range of emotions from jubilation to skepticism across the queer Catholic community,” she said. “Is this going to something that is going to be ‘clarified’ by the Vatican in the days ahead?”
The Vatican has yet to make a formal announcement of clarification.
New Ways Ministry, the Catholic LGBTQ advocacy group, Executive Director Francis DeBernardo, said he “gratefully welcomes” the pope’s comments he says. However, he also hopes the pope would come to recognize those relationships inside the church as well.
Mr. DeBernardo is also quoted as saying, “It is a historic moment when the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, long seen as a persecutor of LGBTQ people, moves in such a supportive direction for lesbian/gay couples and their families.” He went on further to say, “It is no overstatement to say that with this statement not only has the pope protected LGBTQ couples and families, but he also will save many LGBTQ lives,” said De Bernardo.