Since news broke that a new documentary showed Pope Francis reiterating his support for same-gender civil unions, in this instance for the first time as pope, there have been controversies about what he actually meant and the film itself.
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A top Irish prelate has suggested that Pope Francis’ recent comments on civil unions for same-gender couples should be a “reality check” for the church, while Ireland’s former president has pushed the pope to reform church teachings about homosexuality.
Theologian and openly gay priest Fr. James Alison wrote a commentary on Pope Francis’ support for civil unions, describing it both as “something not especially new, and yet genuinely ‘a big deal’.”
Theologians and LGBTQ Catholics, as well as secular advocates for equality have continued to offer mostly positive appraisals on Pope Francis’ reiterated support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples.
Bishops worldwide, as well as a top official with the Archdiocese of New York, have publicly criticized Pope Francis for his support of civil unions that recognize same-gender couples, though a few exceptions exist.
LGBTQ advocates are praising Pope Francis for his most recent statement in support of civil unions recognizing same-gender couples.
In a new film, Pope Francis has announced that he supports civil unions for same-gender couples, a statement that one Catholic LGBTQ group called an “historic moment” in the life of the church.
The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, in response to Pope Francis announcing for the first time as pope his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples.
A priest tasked with diocesan ministry to lesbian and gay people has said he would happily bless same-gender couples if he was asked, adding that the Catechism’s statements on homosexuality are “embarrassing.”
Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio identifies a key failing in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” namely the church’s own hypocrisy on how it seeks justice while oppressing LGBTQ and others.
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