Pope's Comments on Civil Unions Could Shape Denominations

Pope Francis attends a inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome Tuesday Oct. 20 2020

In the documentary, the pope said, "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. And what he is doing is, he is not changing any sacramental any theological aspect of our church", Sichko explained. In fact, the pope has frequently affirmed the Church's doctrinal teaching regarding marriage.

"I'm not going to entertain arguments or. feel that I have to prove myself to anybody because at the end of the day, God is the only person I have to prove myself to", Suatan said. "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family".

"Among other things, there are various passages taken from an interview with Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican journalist, and within that interview Pope Francis speaks of a right to the legal protection of homosexual couples but without in any way affecting doctrine", Fr. Spadaro said. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. He went on to say: "What we have to create is a civil union law".

In both cases, journalists, who must play by Vatican rules in accepting handout footage of events covered exclusively by Vatican cameras, were misled into assuming the Holy See would abide by traditional journalistic ethics and provide them with unaltered images. I stood up for that.

The KCBC, an organisation of Catholic bishops in Kerala belonging to rites of Syro-Malabar, Latin and Syro-Malankara Churches, called reports of Francis justifying same-sex marriages as "baseless and misleading". Other Argentinian bishops rejected his proposal.

When that data is broken down by age, it's clear that Catholics over the age of 40 years old are actually more likely to hold favorable views of "gays and lesbians" than non-Catholics.

On his first foreign trip as pope, to Brazil in 2013, he said of gay people trying to live a Christian life: 'Who am I to judge?'. Likewise, because someone is from the LGBT community, they should not be excluded from the human community or the love of another person. Perhaps the most public of these meetings was with a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz.

The Pope had initially discredited Cruz's abuse allegations during a visit to Chile in 2018, but they later reconciled.

But that isn't the point - it is specifically about there being (mainly) two types of human being in the world, men and women.

The Church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships, ' he said in a statement. We recognize who you are. Others, including some bishops, will reject what he said.

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But the contents of the pope's words were nearly lost in the controversy that ensued over their origin.

The Pope's endorsement of civil unions is not an endorsement of homosexual activity.

"If you're going to play the 'everyone's a child of God card, ' then they should be able to get married too". People can not be defined by their sexuality or race. Raymond Burke, published a statement of dissent and clarification on Thursday, saying "the context and the occasion of such declarations make them devoid of any magisterial weight".

Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said he "had very serious doubts about the moral correctness" of the pontiff's position.

Your Respectful Holiness, you have succeeded in lowering the standards of the Catholic Church. While those positions are consistent with the long-standing discipline of the Church on the issue, they are not themselves regarded as articles of faith.

Francis has spoken up for civil unions before, as he reminded the film's interviewer. In parts of Latin America, for example, the redefinition of marriage is not a settled political topic, and Catholic political activists there have opposed moves to normalize civil union legislation.

Archbishop Cordileone added, "The nature of marriage, the place of sex within a virtuous life, these great teachings of the church come to us from God, are illuminated by reason, and do not change". A so-called ministry to LGBT people should be part of the church's overall outreach. For Catholicism, sex is for marriage and that won't change.

He has to be the pope in communion with the bishops. It is significant because the church around the world now knows its leader's mind on the issue. The two sources also said that Francis' comments on same-sex unions were cut from the version of the interview footage Televisa received from the Vatican.

Aside from the firestorm the remarks created, the "Francesco" fiasco has highlighted the Vatican's often self-inflicted communications wounds and Francis' willingness to push his own agenda, even at the expense of fueling pushback from conservative Catholics.

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ (entered the Jesuits 2001; ordained 2006) is the Director of the Jesuit Institute of South Africa.

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