Pope Francis has expressed his support for homosexual civil unions saying in a documentary that gay people deserve to be treated with respect.
Speaking during the premiere of a movie, Francesco, on Wednesday the 21st of October, the Pope insisted they are also children of God. He further noted that the society needs to come up with civil laws to deal with the situation.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the 83-year old Pope said.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
Conflicting statements with the church values.
The Pope’s remarks have shifted the Church’s way of thinking with many wondering if the Pope is shifting traditional church beliefs. Catholic church traditions dictate against gay marriages, but with Francis’ comments on inclusivity, people are adopting a wait and see attitude towards the matter.
During his tenure a decade ago as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis had condemned gay marriages. He, however, felt that they should have some legal protection.
Later on, as he started his papacy, Francis said that ‘we must be brothers’. According to the Pope, if gay people decide to serve God and have goodwill, he is not in a position to judge them.
According to the Pope, church teachings don’t consider gay tendencies /being gay a sin. However, performing gay activities such as marriage and sexual acts are sinful.
His critics, however, disagreed with his remarks and argued that he was changing traditional church laws.
“The Pope’s statement clearly contradicts what has been the long-standing teaching of the Church about same-sex unions. The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island.