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Pope reiterates support for civil unions

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/21/20, 05:00 pm

A documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday included Pope Francis speaking in support of legal civil unions for homosexual couples. “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” he said in an interview for Francesco, a documentary about his time as pope. “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

Is the Catholic Church changing its approach to marriage? Francis’ views on legal civil unions—which he previously expressed while archbishop of Buenos Aires—differ from those of previous popes, but he hasn’t changed Catholic doctrine that marriage is between one man and one woman. The National Catholic Reporter said Francis has suggested civil unions as a way to provide benefits to same-sex couples while distinguishing civil unions from marriage.

Dig deeper: Read Kyle Ziemnick’s report in The Sift about the Vatican’s 2019 statement for Catholic educators reaffirming Catholic teachings about biological sex and gender.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Wed, 10/21/2020 05:14 pm

    "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family." What a meaningless statement. So, a person is not in a family unless they have a government-recognized, sexual relationship with someone? That would exclude a huge percentage of the population that considers themselves part of a family. I'm sure there is a fancy name for this kind fo rhetoric, but I seem to endlessly hear these kind of statements from "progressives/woke/SJW" types: Science is real, black lives matter, women's rights are human rights, people aren't illegal, ad nauseum.

    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 10:40 am

    Romans: 1:26-27

    For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (NASB)


    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 10:52 am

    We live in the time of ME. God wants ME to be happy. I want her husband. I want his wife. It's about ME. I WANT to satisfy ME. I deserve it. I worked hard for it. She doesn't deserve him. He doesn't derserve her. Same thing for homosexuality. 

    As our daughter says, "We live in the time of ME. It's about ME. It's what I want. They teach it in schools."

    Our children can't be close friends with anyone like it was in the old days because it might mean something else, or turn into something else. They teach you how in school. It's all over the TV. They tell you it's ok to experiment. As someone once said, "How do you know you won't like it unless you try it?"

    Here Eve, try it you'll like it. Here Adam, try it you'll like it. 

    It all leads to trouble. God warned us.

    Only God has the last say in the matter of unnatural relations, and God's Word does not beat around the bush about it.

  • Ed Schick
    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 11:18 am

    "He [Pope Francis] hasn’t changed Catholic doctrine that marriage is between one man and one woman." I think Mrs. Aldrich should explain the implications of this statement. In previous decades many Christians held to this viewpoint. They claimed that civil unions would never threaten the institution of marriage in our country. We should know better by now. How many times do we need to go through this before we understand the evil slope to perdition starts with niave statements that give little regard for the ethics and holiness Christ taught us?

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 01:44 pm

    It is fine to make the distinction that civil unions are a civil matter and marriage is ordained by God.  Where the Pope errs is in treating homosexuality as an inherent trait rather than a sin as the Bible does.  Adultery is not a kind of person, but a kind of behavior.  Drunkenness is not a kind of person, but a kind of behavior.  Homosexuality has become a celebrated lifestyle, but that does not change the fact that in the end it is just plain old sin.

  • Narissara
    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 03:00 pm

    Neither is marriage/celibacy a spiritual state.  But the Catholic church has twisted Paul's teaching and tries to make them each a unique means of grace, in addition to the other sacraments of baptism, communion and confession (1 Corinthians 7 and 1 Timothy 2):  Either you enter into Holy Matrimony so that you, your spouse, and your children may be sanctified, or you enter into Holy Orders (priesthood/convent/monastery) and devote yourself entirely to God and become sanctified through a life of service.  It's an either-or proposition with really no middle ground for singles in the laity. 

    I don't know who actually produced this film, but the  Vatican's PR department is undoubtedly already hard at work putting some kind of spin on this to keep people from questioning the doublespeak.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 08:55 pm

    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"  Eph 6:12 KJV

    All of this glorification of homosexual behavior and the LGBTQ+ agenda, which as Xion points out is nothing more than sin, has me convinced that there is major spiritual warfare going on in the heavenlies. I believe that there are powerful demonic entities behind this movement. Would to God He would open our eyes to see so we can engage the battle.