Ireland The Pope for civil union between homosexuals: "A way to put an end to hypocrisy", according to the editor of a Catholic review

11:50  22 october  2020
11:50  22 october  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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(CNN) Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency. The Pope made the historic remarks in "Francesco," a new documentary film directed by Russian filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, that premiered at the Rome "What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered," the Pope said. The film also explores the Pope 's work and views in other issues, including climate change, migration and economic equality, according to the film's website. It is set to premiere in North America on Sunday

The pope ’s comments on civil unions had been cut from that interview, but it remains unclear under whose orders the snipping took place. In its explanatory note, the Vatican said Francis’ comments on civil union referred to a position he A 2003 document issued by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith says that the church’s “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions .” The document, which was signed by the then-prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to be Pope

The Pope knows that there are homosexuals in the Vatican and that civil unions are "legion" there, says Gino Hoel of the Catholic review Golias. According to him, this position "will upset all this conservative, even reactionary fringe, which exists in the Church".

  Le pape pour l'union civile entre homosexuels : © Provided by Franceinfo

In a documentary, Pope Francis spoke out in favor of a civil union for homosexual couples . This is the first time that a pope has argued for the Pacs and related formulas. "It is also a way for the Pope to put an end to hypocrisy," said Thursday, October 22 on franceinfo Gino Hoel, editor of the Catholic review Golias.

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 Homosexual couples: Pope Francis defends the right to a In a documentary by director Evgeny Afineevsky, entitled "Francesco", the Argentine Pope also believes that homosexual people "have the right to a family". © Provided by Franceinfo A small revolution. Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples, "children of God", to live within a "civil union" which protects them legally.

As well as the Pope 's comments on civil unions , the film also shows him encouraging two gay men to attend church with their three children. Pope Francis's biographer, Austen Ivereigh, told the BBC he was "not surprised" by the latest comments. "This was his position as Archbishop of Buenos Aires," said Mr Ivereigh. Under current Catholic doctrine, gay relationships are referred to as "deviant behaviour". In 2003, the Vatican's doctrinal body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that "respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal

Homosexual acts “close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Nonetheless, according to the teaching of the Church, men Such unions are not able to contribute in a proper way to the procreation and survival of the human race. Differentiating between persons or refusing social recognition or benefits is unacceptable only when it

franceinfo: Is this announcement an upheaval?

Gino Hoel: This is a clear indication from the Pope who shows that he is not for marriage but that he is for a civil union. This is an idea he already had in Argentina but his colleagues did not agree. I think that this will comfort a certain number of priests and bishops who work with homosexual people but that it will upset all this conservative, even reactionary, fringe that exists in the Church.

Had the Pope already been so affirmative on this subject?

Until now the Church is against any union between homosexuals, the Pope has shown several times that he was not as closed as his predecessors with regard to homosexuals, that the Church should welcome them. He just repeats what he has already said, except that there he says they must be legally recognized. This is very important because in France 25 years ago, or a little less, we had a certain number of Catholics marching in the streets against the Pacs. So today you have a step forward, it is undeniable.

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homosexuality. A homosexual act between two consenting adult males is an abomination (Lev. In her article it was stated that "In the minutes and hours after the law was passed and signed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo late on Friday, sparkling rings were offered and accepted and champagne corks flew to kick off wedding plans likely to add an estimated 4 million to the state's economy, according to a report by the Independent Democratic Conference."

The Catechism distinguishes between homosexual acts and homosexual tendencies. Regarding acts, it teaches that Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins. The Tradition has constantly considered them as intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law. Different, however, would be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem - for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. Nevertheless, such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.

There are priests and bishops who must have slept badly last night because they are organizing homosexuality healing sessions.

Gino Hoel, editor of the Catholic review Golias

at franceinfo

Some are completely homophobic. So the pope's words must upset them.

Can this block the Conservatives?

It can block but at the same time Francis always relies on the people. He receives homosexuals, transsexual people, so I think that if the blockage comes from people in the structure. We know that civil unions in the Vatican are legion. I think it's also a way for the Pope to put an end to a hypocrisy that he has noticed. He knew there were homosexual people in the Vatican.

What will happen?

You already have conservative American bishops who explain that the Pope can say whatever he wants, the teaching of the Church has never changed, but I think that can really change things. In the field, there are people who will feel supported and see their work strengthened. Like the Germans, they may be able to celebrate blessings for people of the same sex. There are already priests who do this in secret.

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