Pope Francis is out the world is in shock. Francis — who was served as head of the Catholic Church since 2013 — has stunned millions of people with this announcement. No one expected it.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family,” Frances said during an interview for Francesco, a new documentary. “They are children of God. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
The feature-length documentary, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival, reportedly covered a wide variety of topics, including his unprecedented endorsement of same-sex unions — a first for a sitting pontiff.
As noted by an AP report, Frances “endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages” as archbishop of Buenos Ares. “However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.”
Reactions within the Catholic Church have been decidedly mixed. Reportedly, the Vatican itself may not back Francis on the issue and some bishops have now expressed public disagreement with him.
“The Pope’s statement clearly contradicts what has been the long-standing teaching of the Church about same-sex unions,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin. “The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships.”
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