By Arré Bench Oct. 22, 2020
In a historic statement, Pope Francis has expressed support for “civil union laws” for same-sex couples. Calling homosexual people the “children of god”, he said, “What we have to create is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.” His remarks are being hailed as the strongest statement of acceptance of LGBTQ people by the Church.
We’ve said this before, we are saying it again. Pope Francis is the coolest pope ever. The Pope who has been repeatedly voiced his support for people of all sexual orientations, has now endorsed same-sex civil unions. In a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday, Pope Francis said, “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family.” “They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered,” he added, making him the first pontiff to give his support to same-sex civil unions.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 21, 2020
The film Francesco, about the life and work of Pope Francis, shows him encouraging two homosexual men to attend Church with their children. The Pope also said that he always stood up for legal rights for homosexual couples referring to the time when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He opposed legalisation of same-sex marriages but believed same-sex couples should enjoy some sort of legal rights for their protection.
“They are children of God and have a right to a family”
Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex couples to have ‘civil unions’ https://t.co/RYrJ81FvMW
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 21, 2020
Austen Ivereigh, the Pope’s biographer, told BBC that he was not surprised by the remarks “He was always opposed to marriage being for same-sex couples. But he believed the church should advocate for a civil union law for gay couples to give them legal protection,” Ivereigh was quoted as saying by the BBC.
In 2010, while he was Abp of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. The future pope’s biographer, suggested that Francis supported the idea of civil unions as a way to prevent the wholesale adoption of SSM in Argentina. https://t.co/cmXfxdv1SM
— Gloria Purvis (@gloria_purvis) October 21, 2020
The Catholic Church refers to gay relationships as “deviant” and this makes the Pope’s stand even more significant. The New York Times said that the remarks “had the he potential to shift debates about the legal status of same-sex couples in nations around the globe”.
The Pope’s support for same-sex union is being hailed by people the world over.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) October 21, 2020
#PopeFrancis has in the past indicated support for same-sex civil unions but his remarks in a new documentary are the strongest papal endorsement yet: “what we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”https://t.co/k6OiJUb2jN
— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) October 21, 2020
What makes Pope Francis comments supporting same-sex civil unions today so momentous? First, he is saying them as Pope, not Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Second, he is clearly supporting, not simply tolerating, civil unions. Third, he is saying it on camera, not privately. Historic
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 21, 2020
Pope Francis’ opening to homosexuality is one of the most historical changes I’ve witnessed in my life.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God”.
— Alberto Alemanno (@alemannoEU) October 21, 2020
Many are calling it the “strongest statement of acceptance of LGBTQ people” by the Church.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 21, 2020
Is it only me or is it huge that the Pope has supported and endorsed same-sex civil union?
— Frank Giugliano (@nyccookies) October 21, 2020
It’s not a change in doctrine & doesn’t go far enough.
But if you don’t think it’s a big deal that for the first time, a sitting pope says he supports recognizing the relationships of same-sex couples, you’re deluding yourself.
It’s huge. Never thought I’d see it. #PopeFrancis
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) October 21, 2020
However, many believe that very little has changed as far as the Church’s stand on same-sex marriage goes. “It ends up being an obstacle to reaching equality. “It’s a strategy to prevent marriage,” María Rachid, a politician and LGBTQ rights advocate in Argentina who played a leading role in the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in the country in 2010, told Washington Post.
The pope expressed his support for same-sex civil union laws in a new documentary, saying gay people “are children of God and have a right to a family.”
But the Catholic Church still bans same-sex marriage and labels homosexuality “disordered,” a teaching he has not altered. pic.twitter.com/E3yw9QKyu7
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 21, 2020
The Pope might have not spelt it out and said yes to gay marriage but his direct support to legalise same-sex relationships should be recognised for what it is. It is indeed historic.