In a newly released documentary on his papacy, Pope Francis called for same sex civil union laws to be passed.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
After his remarks, said to surely stir controversy, Pope Francis also spoke directly on same sex civil unions.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
The documentary, Francesco, covers the pastoral approach of his papacy, and how he approaches those who live “on the existential peripheries.”
Amid the portion covering his pastoral outreach to those identifying as LGBT is a story of Pope Francis encouraging two Italian men in a same sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church.
One of the men praised Pope Francis’ disposition and welcoming attitude, saying
“He didn’t mention what was his opinion on my family. Probably he’s following the doctrine on this point.”
Pope Francis’ direct call for the passage of same sex civil union laws is a departure from the positions of his predecessors.
In 2003, during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said “respect for homosexual persons” was not tacit “approval of homosexual behavior” or “legal recognition of homosexual unions.”
The Holy See Press Office has not commented on Pope Francis’ remarks as of yet.