Pope Francis made worldwide headlines this week when he endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview for the feature-length documentary "Francesco". "He's given us the consent!" His words of inclusion will resonate and hopefully drive inclusive change in countries, churches, communities and homes around the world.
'Always among human beings, and not only in the Church, it has been between a man and a woman. He greets people's stares with a smile and a "hello".
At first, film director Evgeny Afineevsky claimed Francis made them directly to him. Beginning in July 2019 and continuing through June 2020, the Democracy Fund's Nationscape survey has asked its 306,000 respondents how favorably they viewed gays and lesbians.
It will take some time before we know the ultimate impact of Pope Francis' comments about civil same-sex unions.
Pope Francis' controversial support for same-sex civil unions has found its fair share of critics in the United States.
The Catholic Church teaches that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect but that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered".
I have not seen that documentary nor the full text of what Pope Francis reportedly said and in the absence of clarification from the Vatican, I encourage the people of God to prayerful serenity. "You can't kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this".
The pope's remarks are similar to the position he took while archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and echo remarks he has made in several interviews during his pontificate: "Marriage" is only between a man and a woman, but civil union laws could provide legal protection for couples in long-term, committed relationships. For Catholicism, sex is for marriage and that won't change.
Coincidentally, it was Vigano who first entertained a pitch for a documentary on Francis by Afineevsky, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2015 documentary "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom", which opened the Venice Film Festival that year.
GJELTEN: Advocates for LGBTQ people are among those wanting the pope's comments to be more clear. "Considering the above, faithful Catholics must insist that the Church's teaching on marriage has not changed and can not change".
"Equally sad and concerning is the turmoil, confusion and error they cause among the Catholic faithful", he added, "as is the scandal they cause, in general, by giving the totally false impression that the Catholic Church has had a change of course, that is, has changed its perennial teaching regarding such fundamental and critical questions". Yes, love is the fuel that makes it work.
In these ways, Catholics owe a duty of justice to the LGBT community.
"With no less than the pope supporting it, I think even the most conservative of all Catholics in Congress should no longer have a basis for objecting", Roque said.
Sichko said the Pope's stance will help ministries like Zerkowski's further the mission of the Catholic Church.
Yes, whether or not we have come out, we hope that our families won't turn away from us. Many practising Catholics voted for same-sex marriage here in 2015 without a second thought.
That pushback was swift and came from predictable corners: Cardinal Raymond Burke, Francis' frequent nemesis on matters of doctrine, said the pope's comments were devoid of any "magisterial weight". "The former, he said, can in no way be equated to marriage, which remains unique", he said.
"They are children of God".
He said, "This was not a magisterial moment, when the pope invoked his teaching authority". "And I'm not just talking about LGBTQ persons, I'm talking about straight people, too". "And anything else besides that is discrimination at its best".