Breaking News: Pope Francis Advocates Civil Union Laws for Gay Couples
The Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has reportedly called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples.
According to a report published by NBC News worldwide on its Facebook page on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Pope Francis is said to have made the pronouncement in a documentary aired in Rome this Wednesday.
The development marks a major departure from the position held by the Vatican’s doctrinal office, NBC News World reports.
Pope Francis is quoted as saying “Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” adding that “They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it”.
In what now seems a total departure from what most conservative Catholics believe and hold dear, the Sovereign Pontiff emphasizes that “What we have to create is a civil union law,” insisting that “That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that”.
What is now clear is whether the Pope would push further by asking that priests celebrate gay marriages in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis’ remarks this October 21 were, however, foreseeable judging from his background and positions he held long before being elected to sit on the throne of St. Peter.
While he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Pope Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages, although since becoming Pope, he had not been public about his opinion.
This is a developing story, and we shall bring more as details unfold.