The Vatican issued a page set of guidelines with the approval of Pope John Paul II in a bid to stem the increase in laws granting legal rights to homosexual unions in Europe and North America. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law," the page document by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said Thursday. The document, which has been two years in the making, calls on Roman Catholic lawmakers to vote against bills legalizing gay marriage, and where they already exist, work towards repealing them. It does not list strictures, such as excommunication, against those who rebuff the church on the matter. Countries which already have relaxed laws to same sex unions include the Netherlands and Belgium.
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Gay couples deserve legal protections for their relationships, Pope Francis said in a new documentary. Also in the film, which premiered in Rome on Oct. The filmmaker, Evgeny Afineevsky, included footage of the pope answering a question about the place of L. Catholics in the church. Subsequently, questions have arisen about whether that footage was from an Mr. In his answer, Francis reemphasized his belief that L.
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.
Rachel Martin speaks with Fr. This week, a documentary came out that shows Pope Francis endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples. Now, his remarks in this film do not mean a change in Catholic doctrine, but they do signify a major change in how any pope has talked about this issue. I asked Father Bryan Massingale what he thought when he first heard the pope's remarks.