Pope Calls for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

Pope Calls for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

Pope Francis has become the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to support "civil union" laws for same-sex couples.

However, conservative Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, called for clarification.

But he supported the idea of civil unions as one way to prevent the approval of same-sex marriage in Argentina. "The church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships".

It would be a mistake to interpret the pope's recent comments as a shift in the Catholic Church's position toward homosexuality, according to Dawn Eden Goldstein, a Catholic author who has taught in seminaries and holds a doctorate in sacred theology, in a statement sent to Religion News Service on Wednesday.

"The world needs positivity right now, the world needs to care about climate change, care about refugees and migration, borders, walls, family separation", Afineevsky said, urging attention to the main issues covered by the film.

Speaking in Spanish in the film, Pope Francis says, "Homosexual people have a right to be in a family".

"Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable" over being gay, the Pontiff declared.

"What we have to create is a civil union law", the pope says in the movie, which was released in Rome. The film is slated to debut in the US next week. It's not yet clear whether it could indirectly benefit Biden, whose team has run ads spotlighting his lifelong Catholicism, but some liberal-leaning faith advocates saw plenty of shared values to highlight with Francis' message of inclusion.

Same-sex couples should be experiencing the same rights as other legal couples in the country do, she said.

A reminder of what Jesus said about homosexuals: " ".

"Overall the Democratic platform is: We've got to help people where they are at".

"There are a lot of LGBT people who are raised in the church that faces a very part of who they are", Zanoni said. "However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible".

Tobin has said barring people in same-sex marriages from working in Catholic Church positions is "a very hard question". "Nothing can change that".

When he served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 through 2005, he seemingly endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.

Butler grew up Catholic himself, and he says the Pope's statements ring personal for him and those who many be struggling to come out to their Catholic church.

"First, he is saying them as Pope, not Archbishop of Buenos Aires", Martin tweeted. "It's not simply that he's tolerating it - he's supporting it", Martin told CNN's Christine Amanpour on Wednesday.

The archdiocese later defended the visit, saying it was a purely private event, after criticism from some conservative Catholics.

Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Public Affairs Committee, said it is "still early to comment" on the Pope's reported pronouncement.

Francis has made inclusiveness of his papacy, as he battles declining numbers of Catholics and pressure to have the church attune to modern society while not losing its moral compass.

Cruz, who is gay, said that during his first meetings with the pope in May 2018 after they patched things up, Francis assured him that God made Cruz gay.

Progressive clergy have welcomed the pope's recent remarks.

TMJ4 News spoke with students at Marquette University who agreed with the decision to speak out.

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