Pope Francis says that “homosexuals are children of God and have the right to be in a family,” and says civil union laws need to be created to allow same-sex couples to be legally binding.
In a new documentary, Pope Francis called for the creation of civil union laws for couples of the same-sex, according to the Catholic News Agency.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” Pope Francis says in the documentary. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family.”
“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” Francis added. “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
Pope Francis is showing a split from the attitudes of his predecessors, including Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who condemned same-sex marriage during their papal tenure, Daily Mail reported.
In 2013, Pope Francis raised eyebrows with his comments supporting homosexuals, BBC reported.
“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis said to reporters on a flight returning from Brazil. “We must be brothers.”
This echoes the very words of Jesus Christ who said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1).
The Bible also teaches that Jesus is the only judge. “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son [Jesus],” (John 5:22).
Pope Francis, who also carries the titles of the Bishop of Rome, vicar of Jesus Christ, and the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, went on to explain that while the official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that homosexual acts are sinful, he declared that homosexual orientation was not.
“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” Francis explained further. “It says they should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society.”
There is a fine line between civil unions and marriage. While the United States already allows same-sex marriage, many parts of the world, especially those where the influence of the Catholic Church is strong, such unions are forbidden.
Pope Francis’s announcement has some wondering whether the Supreme Pontiff is going against Catholic doctrine and biblical teaching.
Although the Pope did not comment further in the documentary, speculation is that civil union marriages are a way to allow same-sex couples to have a legal binding in a secular sense, while not infringing on the doctrine of the Catholic Church and the Bible that marriage is between a man and woman.
Many people feel that marriage is a sacred binding blessed by God. And a lot of religious people have a problem with calling same-sex unions a marriage, which has to do with the word itself. A civil union, however, is a joining in a legal sense.
What the Pope may be doing as finding a compromise that technically doesn’t go against religious doctrine, while accomplishing legal protections and equality for same-sex couples.