Pope Francis has declared his support for civil unions between same-sex couples.
By advocating the legal protection of homosexual couples, the Vicar of Christ goes against his predecessors and the doctrinal office of the Vatican.
“Homosexuals have the right to be part of the family,” Francis said in the documentary Francesco which premiered in Rome on Wednesday. “They are children of God and have the right to a family. No one should be kicked out or made miserable because of it. “
“What we need to create is a civil union law. This way they are legally covered. “
“Legally covering” such unions has historically been criticized by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), an entity which has stated that “respect for homosexual persons can in no way lead to approval of behavior. homosexual or to the legal recognition of homosexual unions, “according to the Catholic News Agency.
“The legal recognition of same-sex unions or their leveling with marriage would not only signify the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in today’s society, but also obscuring the fundamental values that belong to to the common heritage of humanity, ”declared the CDF in 2003.“ The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself.
“Homosexual unions do not even fulfill in a distant analogous sense the objective for which marriage and the family deserve specific categorical recognition. On the contrary, there are good reasons to consider that such unions are detrimental to the good development of human society, especially if their impact on society were to increase.
As of this writing, the Vatican press office has yet to respond to questions from Catholic News Agency on Francis’ remarks in the documentary.
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