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Vatican Clarification on Pope’s Civil Union Endorsement Changes Little and Causes Confusion

A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis’ recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials’ attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything?

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What Comes Next After Pope Francis’ Reiterated Support for Civil Unions?

Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis’ support have in what comes next?

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LGBTQ Catholics’ Reactions to Pope Francis’ Support for Civil Unions Are Mixed Bag

Today’s post highlights the voices of LGBTQ Catholics, who have had mixed reactions to the pope’s words, with almost everyone agreeing that Francis needs to go further. Excerpts are provided here, but you can use the links to read further.

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Controversies Swirl Around Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, But Is There Really Much There?

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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Archbishop Says Pope’s Civil Union Support a “Reality Check”; Mary McAleese Seeks Doctrinal Change

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.

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Fr. James Alison: Support for Civil Unions Reveals Deeper Truth About Pope Francis

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’.”

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While Some Continue to Laud Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Others Have a Different View

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.