“They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” the pope said. “Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
In a new documentary Pope Francis calls for same-sex civil union laws.
The film chronicles the approach of Pope Francis to pressing social issues, and to pastoral ministry among those who live, in the words of the pontiff, “on the existential peripheries.”
Featuring interviews with Vatican figures including Cardinal Luis Tagle and other collaborators of the pope, “Francesco” looks at the pope’s advocacy for migrants and refugees, the poor, his work on the issue of clerical sexual abuse, the role of women in society, and the disposition of Catholics and others toward those who identify as LGBT.
The film addresses the pastoral outreach of Pope Francis to those who identify as LGBT, including a story of the pontiff encouraging two Italian men in a same-sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church, which, one of the men said, was greatly beneficial to his children.
What makes Pope Francis comments supporting same-sex civil unions today so momentous? First, he is saying them as Pope, not Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Second, he is clearly supporting, not simply tolerating, civil unions. Third, he is saying it on camera, not privately. Historic
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 21, 2020
In a new documentary, Pope Francis says separating migrant children from their parents is “something a Christian cannot do. It’s cruelty of the highest form.”https://t.co/R8pwi9O2KR
— America Magazine (@americamag) October 21, 2020
Republicans are appealing to traditionalist Catholics by tying Joe Biden to modern conspiracy theories and historical divides in the Roman Catholic community, @TishDurkin reports. Is it working? https://t.co/4sJRD4thUE
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) October 21, 2020
No word on how former Episcopalians — clergy and laity — now in the Catholic Church are taking the news.