Pope Francis has openly supported same-sex civil unions in a documentary that was formally made known to the public in Rome on Wednesday, October 22, 2020, thereby sending the Catholic Church into a fit of questions.
The head of the Roman Catholic church while speaking on pastoral outreach and care for people who identify as LGBTQ, said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”.
His comments in the Evgeny Afineevsky-directed documentary, has been described by observers as his clearest remarks yet on gay relationships.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” Pope Francis said in the documentary.
“They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
He added that he “stood up for that”, apparently referring to his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires when, although opposing same-sex marriages in law, he supported some legal protections for same-sex couples.
The documentary titled; Francesco, which is about the life and work of Pope Francis, premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival.
In addition to the Pontiff’s comments on civil unions, the film also shows him encouraging two gay men to attend church with their three children.
Austen Ivereigh, Pope Francis’ biographer, Austen told the BBC he was “not surprised” by the latest comments.
“This was his position as Archbishop of Buenos Aires,” said Mr Ivereigh. “He was always opposed to marriage being for same-sex couples. But he believed the church should advocate for a civil union law for gay couples to give them legal protection.”