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In Press Conference, Pope Francis Makes Support for Civil Unions Absolutely Clear

Pope Francis has reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions in very clear terms. He did so just days after attending a screening of last year's controversial documentary in which he seemingly made such support known, too. Read More

Mexican Cardinal Endorses Pope’s Support for Civil Unions, Family Inclusion of LGBTQ Members

A leading bishop in Mexico has spoken favorably about Pope Francis' support for same-gender civil unions and call for families not to exclude LGBTQ members. Read More

Transgender Legislator Hopes Pope’s Civil Unions Support Can Advance LGBTQ Bills

A transgender Catholic legislator in the Philippine has been using Pope Francis’s recent endorsement of same-gender civil unions to encourage LGBTQ equality in that country, including the legalization of civil unions.  Read More

Theologians Contrast Approach to LGBTQ Rights Between Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops

Two Catholic theologians have asserted that Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-gender civil unions should be heeded by the U.S. Catholic bishops because their pastoral approach to the LGBTQ community compared to Pope Francis’ approach are worlds apart.  Read More

Elton John, “Two Popes” Actor, Global Activists, and More Respond to Pope’s Civil Union Support

Responses to Pope Francis' support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples have continued to be posted online through media interviews, social media posts, and statements. Read More

In Civil Unions Support, Pope Francis Avoids Judgement Many Seek, Leaves Catholics to Discern

Journalist and papal biographer Austin Ivereigh has offered his opinion about how to interpret Pope Francis' remarks supportive of same-gender civil unions, namely that the pope has once again refrained from judging and left the faithful to discern how to proceed. Read More

Theologian Suggests Papal Civil Union Support May Lead to Church Blessings

A theologian has suggested that after Pope Francis endorsed civil unions, the church cannot deny any longer blessings to same-gender couples. Meanwhile, some bishops, episcopal conferences, and priests continue taking a more negative approach. Read More

Does Pope Francis’ Civil Union Support “Ring Hollow” or Is It a “Significant Step”?

Commentaries on Pope Francis' remarks last month that reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions have continued to be published. Today's post features a handful of them with links provided for further reading. Read More

Archbishop Responding to Pope’s Civil Union Support: It Begins with the Human Person

A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope's support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis' approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly. Read More

Pope Francis’ Theology of Family and Marriage Shows His Support for Civil Unions

What springs to mind when you hear the word “family”? If it’s vulnerability, humility, fidelity, unconditional love, selflessness, mutual support and respect, teaming up with others to support the community, and a welcome to children (in particular those with special needs) and LGBTQ members—and if it comes in many shapes and sizes, including same-sex couples—you have a highly placed ally in the Roman Catholic Church: Pope Francis. Read More