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. So begins an article in the Catholic News Agency on the recent controversy this week related to Pope Francis. Welcome to the Council of Trent podcast. And when I first heard about this, I actually got a call from a friend.
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By Lee Brown. October 21, am Updated October 21, am. The documentary also includes a story of the pontiff encouraging two Italian men in a same-sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church, the report said. In the past, even civil unions were frowned upon in many quarters of the church.
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Pope Francis on Wednesday voiced support for same-sex couples, calling them "children of God" and saying they should be allowed to have legally recognised civil unions, in a radical shift from previous pontiffs. The pope, whose opposition to gay marriage remains unchanged, said in a documentary premiered at the Rome Film Festival: "These are children of God, they have the right to a family. I have defended that," he said in film-maker Evgeny Afineevsky's "Francesco". According to biographer Austen Ivereigh, the future pope backed civil unions for gay couples while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires and known as Jorge Bergoglio. But while Francis has previously spoken about same-sex unions, he has always voiced opposition to gay marriage, saying that marriage should only be between a man and woman.
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States.