The film, called Francesco, deals with a number of issues near and dear to Francis’ heart, including global warming, poverty, immigration, race and inequality. But perhaps his most favored issue is gay marriage, which he believes needs to be fully legalized.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family,” Francis stated during a sit-down interview about the film. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
During his time as archbishop in Buenos Aires, Francis openly endorsed civil unions for homosexual couples as an alternative to same-sex marriage. However, this marks the first time that Francis has spoken out publicly in favor of gay marriage while being Pope.
According to The New York Times, Francis’ position on gay marriage marks “a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people.”
While Francis has not yet gone so far as to welcome gay people within the Roman Catholic Church, he now believes that homosexuals have a right in civil society to pseudo-marry and create whatever “families” they choose with the blessing of “God.”
“The pope’s statement clearly contradicts what has been the longstanding teaching of the church about same-sex unions,” stated Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., urging Francis to clarify his statements which obviously deviate from the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.
Though it is clear from the interview that Francis made these pro-gay statements during his pontificate, there is argument over when, exactly, he said them. The Vatican, meanwhile, has dismissed the statements as old news, according to reports.
Many are not surprised by the pope’s position, however, as he has come out in favor of a number of controversial issues over the years, one of the most recent being his endorsement of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) “vaccines for all.”
Francis is also pushing for the United States and all other sovereign nations to give up their independence and merge with the United Nations in order to bring about a New World Order.
Despite speaking fairly often in favor of LGBTQ unions, Francis has yet to officially change Roman Catholic policy on the matter. Perhaps this is because the greatest area of growth right now for the religion is in the Southern Hemisphere, where homosexuality is less accepted.
According to Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest and close ally of Francis, the remarks made in Francesco “in no way” affect the doctrines of Roman Catholicism.
While identifying as a homosexual is not considered to be a sin in Roman Catholicism, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” which by extension makes homosexuality “objectively disordered.”
The last pope, John Paul II, published a document in 2003 clearly delineating that the Roman Catholic Church’s “respect” for homosexual persons cannot and should not “lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”
Francis’ position, on the other hand, is that homosexual unions should be both allowed and accepted, representing a major departure from the faith as outlined by his predecessor.
“This is a major step forward in the church’s relationship with LGBTQ people,” stated Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who supports Francis in trying to create more acceptance for homosexuality.
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