Pope's Comments on Civil Unions Could Shape Denominations

Cheryl Sanders
October 23, 2020

It is now an worldwide program.

"Francesco", a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. These comments represent an openness and willingness to acknowledge the reality of same-sex couples, but still leave unanswered Church teachings about homosexuality.

To date, the Pope has not taken a stand against the Church's doctrine of sexual morality, the statement said.

"The church can not support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships. They are children of God", Pope Francis said. "However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible", Bishop Tobin said October 21.

However, Narey noted, "The Catholic church doesn't move in years, it moves in centuries".

But as a scholar of the Catholic Church and society, I believe there is a firm foundation to say that what Pope Francis says on civil unions grows directly from church teaching.

In December 2017, Duterte said in a speech that he was in favor of changing the law to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Although the pope's comments have excited lots of commentary, pro and con, among Catholics, it's certainly not incumbent upon every Catholic to declare a position on the issue.

He said, "This was not a magisterial moment, when the pope invoked his teaching authority".

Although unprecedented for a pope, the support expressed by His Holiness is a basic level of human right protection.

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family", Francis said. The production focuses on a number of human rights issues that have been close to Francis's heart, including rights for migrants, an increased role for women in the church and combating climate change.

"I'm not going to entertain arguments or. feel that I have to prove myself to anybody because at the end of the day, God is the only person I have to prove myself to", Suatan said.

"The Holy Father clearly differentiated between a civil arrangement, which accords mutual benefits to two people, and marriage".

McKiernan said she found the pope's statement "pretty frustrating", saying it doesn't go far enough. "Indeed, the sexual relationship that marriage is presumed to involve is the only kind by which children are naturally made". We do not serve people well by falsely claiming that we can change the Decalogue.

"Pope Francis" clear and public support for same-sex civil unions marks a new stage in the church's relationship with LGBTQ people, ' he said. In 68 countries worldwide, for example, consensual same-sex relations are punished by law, and at least 13 have provisions that explicitly criminalise trans persons.

"The pope seems to be emphasizing that we are called to find ways of extending a true sense of family to those who find themselves on the margins, so that they might experience the security of belonging and the joy of encountering the life-changing mercy of Jesus Christ", he said.

"I feel like what Francis has done with statements like this one is cracked open a window and let in some fresh air", Cappiello said. Why is anyone talking about civil unions? He has to be the pope in communion with the bishops.

Yet, church leaders have been working on the problem of reconciling the church with the modern world, and Pope Francis is not stepping in places where other Catholic bishops have not already trod.

The Catholic Church, however, has fought against these changes.

Are homosexuals children of God?

Fourth, Francis is not denying or threatening traditional teaching about marriage.

The teaching on marriage handed down by Jesus is a truth the church preaches and acts upon "regardless of the passing opinions of nations, states or cultures", Bishop Olson added.

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