EbeneMagazine – UA – Pope Francis supports homosexual civil unions


Pope Francis has given his most explicit support to same-sex civil unions in a move that risks further angering his conservative opponents in the Catholic Church

His comments came in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday

He said: « Homosexuals have the right to be in a family They are children of God and have the right to a family No one should be kicked out or made miserable for this What we have to create is a civil union law That way they are legally covered I stood up for this « 

The feature film, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, tells the story of Francis’ papacy over the past seven and a half years, covering many of the trips he made before the Covid-19 pandemic and his handling of sexual abuse scandals that have engulfed the church

It also focuses on the issues that Francis has made the mark of his papacy, including the environment, poverty, migration and inequality

As Pope Francis has never before publicly supported civil unions for same-sex couples, although he endorsed such legal arrangements when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires

Father James Martin, a prominent Jesuit who argued that the Church should be more welcoming to LGBT people, wrote on Twitter: “Pope Francis’ support for same-sex civil unions is a major step forward in Church support for LGBTQ people This is in line with his pastoral approach to LGBT people, including LGBT Catholics, and sends a strong signal to countries where the Church has opposed such laws. »

A spokesperson for António Guterres, United Nations secretary general and devout Catholic, said the pope’s words were « a very positive initiative » Guterres had « strongly denounced homophobia in favor of human rights. LGBTQ, that people should never be persecuted or discriminated against just for who they love, ”they added

The Ozanne Foundation, which campaigns for LGBT equality in religious contexts, welcomed the pope’s words by declaring: “This will bring hope to millions of lesbian and gay couples around the world and their will know they have the pope blessing to be in a family, and even to have the right to a family

“His words of comfort show a deep pastoral understanding of the pain that many LGBT [people] have endured, and constitute a significant challenge for all who see their faith as a reason to discriminate against LGBT people. »

Since being elected Pope in March 2013, Francis has sought to adopt a more inclusive tone towards LGBT people in his public statements

Shortly after becoming Pope, he said in response to a question about homosexual priests: « Who am I to judge? »

Last month he reportedly told a group representing parents of LGBT children that « God loves your children as they are » and « the Pope loves your children as they are, because they are children of God « 

In 2018, Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse who met the Pope – and who is featured in the documentary – said: “He told me: ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay did don’t matter God made you like that and loves you like that and I don’t care The Pope loves you like that You have to be happy with who you are  »

According to traditional church teaching, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and the church has opposed legal recognition of same-sex unions

In 2003, a Vatican document explained why it was « necessary to oppose the legal recognition of same-sex unions » because they « obscure certain fundamental moral values ​​and cause a devaluation of the institution of marriage »

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Conservative opponents of Pope Francis have been enraged by statements they see as part of an effort to move the church towards progressive values ​​Some have publicly attacked him, even accusing him of heresy

Afineevsky, an award-winning Russian-born director, has said he hopes the film will be streamed at home

« If before he was able to travel to all outskirts of the world, for now only his words can travel. That’s why for me releasing the movie right now was so important – that his words and his actions can travel around the world, ”he said

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EbeneMagazine – UA – Pope Francis supports same-sex civil unions

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