In a surprising shift, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is expressing support for same-gender marriage. Yesterday, the release of the documentary “Francesco,” revealed the Pope’s support for love – including same-gender love.
Pope indicates a change in Catholic attitudes
Debuting at the Rome Film Festival, the “Francesco” documentary on Pope Francis shows the Pope discussing marriage. Traditionally, Catholic teaching considers marriage as being between one man and one woman. However, according to the New York Times, Pope Frances says “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way [same genders] are legally covered.”
Furthermore, this statement has the potential to shake up traditional thinking worldwide. Importantly, according to research by BBC News, it is estimated there are over 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. Most live in Latin America but Africa boasts over 177 million Catholics.
Pope says ‘Love is love’
Interestingly, an ally of the Pope speaking on television in Italy, Jesuit Rev Antonio Spadaro says the remark “in no way affects doctrine.” However, Pope Francis is reputedly a disruptor and the comment via the documentary cannot be ignored by Catholic die-hards. Naturally, the Vatican immediately attempted to downplay the comment. However, the Pope went further saying, “They’re children of God and have a right to a family.”
Same-gender marriage is legal in South Africa
Same-gender marriage is legal in South Africa. Moreover, it has been since 2006. Possibly, the Pope’s remark will lead to other countries following suit. Additionally, Africa has 32 countries who refuse to recognise their rights. Moreover, according to an article in Newsweek, “homosexuality is still a capital punishment in Mauritania, Sudan, southern Somalia and northern Nigeria.”
Undoubtedly, the thinly veiled approval of same-gender marriages offered by Pope Francis will reverberate for some time. Certainly, media in largely Catholic regions scramble to point out that the church is not condoning marriage within the faith. Factually, the Pope is not supporting same-gender marriage within the church. Instead, the Pope is only suggesting civil unions to ensure legal rights such as medical cover and property.
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