Vatican walks back Pope’s call for civil unions for same-sex couples


‘Right to family’ doesn’t mean forming families

The misunderstanding stems from a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival last month.

In the documentary clip, Francis said gay people are “children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” and that “what we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”

The Vatican claims a portion of the remarks was cut in which Francis affirms the church’s continued opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples and says “it is an incongruence to speak of homosexual marriage.”

“It is clear that Pope Francis was referring to certain state provisions and certainly not the doctrine of the Church, which he has reaffirmed numerous times over the years,” the note said, according to Reuters.

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