No change in Church's view on same-sex marriage: Indian bishops

No change in Church's view on same-sex marriage Indian bishops

In a new documentary, "Francesco", that premiered in Rome this week, Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency, departed from his predecessors and official church teaching when he called for creation of civil-union laws for same-sex couples. Sounds confusing? The Pope literally recognizes that if the church is separated from the state, it has no business making laws from a religious perspective, which is very much true.

The pontiff said: "Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family". "They're (LGBTQIA individuals) children of God and have a right to a family". Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it", the pope said in the film, "What we have to create is a civil union law.

The comments caused a firestorm, thrilling progressives and alarming conservatives.

But the reference to civil unions does not appear in the one-hour, 17-minute interview broadcast by Televisa and available on YouTube, nor does it appear in the Vatican's Spanish or Italian transcripts of the pope's conversation with Alazraki.

However, Ed Mechmann, director of public policy at the Archdiocese of NY, said in a blog post that the pope had simply "made a serious mistake".

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual tendencies are not sinful but homosexual acts are. A 2003 document from the Vatican's doctrine office stated the church's respect for gay people "cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions".

The pope has made clear that he believes marriage must be between a man and a woman.

Papal statements "were misquoted and misinterpreted" to say the pope has endorsed same-sex marriage Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai.


"The pope made the comments in an interview with the Vatican correspondent for the Mexican broadcaster Televisa", Teresa Villa, a Televisa spokeswoman, was quoted by the New York Times (NYT) as saying late Thursday.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, went even further, calling the Pope's gay support "confusing and very risky", according to the National Catholic Reporter.

It should be noted that Pope Francis has always had this belief as far back as when he was a Bishop in Argentina. "His comments do not affect Jamaica's views on the matter", he said.

Afineevsky had remarkable access to cardinals, the Vatican television archives and the pope himself. He said he negotiated his way in through persistence, and deliveries of mate and alfajores via well-connected Argentines in Rome.

He added that Francis' views were contrary to Catholic teachings.

The director worked official and unofficial channels starting in 2018, and ended up so close to Francis by the end of the project that he showed him the movie on his iPad in August. It teaches that homosexuals should be treated with dignity, but is opposed to gay marriage. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he launched what gay activists remember as a "war of God" against Argentina's move to approve same-sex marriage. He has also said that "every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help them shape their identity". Instead, Rubin said, Bergoglio urged his fellow bishops to lobby for gay civil unions.

Francis all but confirms Rubin's account of what transpired in the film. "I stood up for that".

As normal when one of these bombers drops, the Vatican has not set the record straight, so it is up to the clergy, faithful Catholics and pundits to correct the faithful, while the media and liberals in the church-run the heresy as a new dogma.

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