Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pope Francis Becomes First Pope To Endorse Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pope Francis  the head of the Catholic Church, has endorsed same-sex civil unions thereby making him the first pontiff to do so in a landmark move that has been welcomed with mixed reactions.

TheGuardian

The pope’s endorsement came midway through a feature-length documentary, titled “Francesco”, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday. The documentary features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favour of civil unions as pope.

Traditionally, the Catholic Church considers sexual activity between members of the same sex to be a sin. According to the Catholic theology of sexuality, all sexual acts must be open to procreation and express the symbolism of male-female complementarity. The Catholic Church, however, teaches that persons experiencing homosexual tendencies must be accorded respect and dignity.

LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have applauded Pope Francis’ message in the hours since his remarks were made public.

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