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Pope Francis and civil unions

On Oct 21, Catholic News Agency released that Pope Francis made quotes in support of same-sex unions in a documentary, causing the internet to explode over his alleged comments. Three days later, CNA released another article with the headline, “Context of pope’s ‘civil union’ documentary comment reported.”

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” CNA reported Francis saying in the documentary, translated from Spanish. “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered… I stood up for that.”

The Catholic Church has a long-standing dogma against same-sex unions.

“The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview,” stated America Magazine on Nov 2.

Francis’ controversial statements came from an interview with Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican journalist. The transcript of the 2019 documentary reveals the pope’s anger directed at how the media reported his response to a question on a plane flight.

According to the transcript of the documentary, Pope Francis’ full quote reads, “Homosexual people have a right to be a part of a family, people with homosexual orientation have a right to be in a family, and the parents have the right to recognize this son as homosexual, this daughter as homosexual. Nobody should be thrown out or be miserable because of it.”

Francis’ expanded quote raises the thought that he was referring to homosexuals being a part of a family, rather than creating a family. He shows his awareness that some parents throw children who “come out” with same-sex attraction out of the home.

In reference to calling homosexuals “sons of God” and saying that “they have a right to a family,” Francis is clarifying a previous misspeaking of his, as he refers to a misleading media headline, “The Pope sends homosexuals to the psychiatrist.”

According to the transcript, Francis exclaimed about the headline, “It is not true!” The transcript of the documentary reveals that as the reporters asked him another question, Francis responded they are, in fact, sons or children of God that have a “right to a family,” but in the context previously mentioned.

“There, what I said was: ‘they have a right to a family,’” Francis later said in the transcript, “and that does not mean approving homosexual acts, not in the least.”