Pope Francis Pushes Gay Marriage, Calls for 'Civil Union Law' for Same-Sex Couples
Breaks from Church teachings: 'Homosexuals are children of God, have right to be a family'
Pope Francis has endorsed gay marriage by pushing for "civil union law" for same-sex couples, according to reports.
The pope made the radical calls in a documentary, arguing that homosexual people are "children of God" while insisting that they "have the right to be in a family."
The papal approval came midway through a feature-length film, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival earlier today, titled Francesco.
The film delves into issues that Pope Francis cares about most, including open borders migration, the environment, poverty, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.
"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family," the pope said in a break from traditional Catholic teachings.
"They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” he added.
The documentary premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival and will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Discussing civil union laws for same-sex couples, Francis reportedly continued: “What we have to create is a civil union law.
"That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,'” the Catechism said.
“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible,” the Catechism continued.
“This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.
"They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
"Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
Progressive activists hailed the move as a step towards greater acceptance of the LGBTQ community in the church.
“This is a major step forward in the church’s support for LGBTQ people,” Jesuit James Martin tweeted.
Breaking: This is a major step forward in the church's support for LGBTQ people.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 21, 2020
Pope Francis: “What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said. “That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that."https://t.co/wscr7u3HRZ
“Let’s only do Jesuit popes from this point forward, please,” tweeted HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly.
“The Catholic Church is evolving,” tweeted Democratic Speak of the House Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi.
Phil Lawler, a Catholic author and critic of the pope, told the Daily Caller that Pope Francis is “spreading confusion among the faithful— and in the world at large.”
“He has affirmed the Church’s teaching that marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman,” Lawler said.
“Yet at the same time, he has undermined that teaching with a public statement that encourages people in the mistaken belief that eventually the Church will take another step and accept same-sex marriage.”
Lawler said that the pope’s comments endorse a “political proposal,” saying that it is “prudent to recognize civil unions in order to protect the civil rights of homosexuals.”
“That’s a prudential judgment, on a political question,” Lawler said.
“Since the Pope has no special authority in political matters, and prudential political judgments are the realm of the laity, his statement is not a matter of Catholic teaching.”
The Catholic author added that Pope Francis’s comment is “sure to generate headlines” suggesting that Catholic teaching has changed.
“Surely Pope Francis knew the sort of reaction his statement would cause,” Lawler said.
“Yet he made the statement anyway. Why?
"It’s increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion that Pope Francis wants to cause confusion.”