Pope Francis has called for civil union laws for same-sex couples; in what is also a dramatic change from the Vatican’s position on the subject.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God; and likewise have a right to a family,” the pontiff says in a new documentary, “Francesco,” according to the Catholic News Agency.
The Pope’s statement came on Wednesday; during the premiere of the documentary at the Rome Film Festival.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope said. “I stood up for that.”
Equally important, the Pope opposed same-sex marriage in 2010; while he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
In the 2013 book “On Heaven and Earth,” Pope Francis “did not reject the possibility of civil unions outright; but did say that laws ‘assimilating’ homosexual relationships to marriage; are ‘an anthropological regression.‘”
In the book, CNA reported that Pope Francis said that if same-sex couples “are given adoption rights; there could be affected children.
Every person needs a male father and a female mother; that can help them shape their identity.”