What did Reuters release on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe?
Mexico’s senior Catholic leader backs civil unions for gay couples
The Mexican Catholic Church’s highest-ranking bishop agrees with recent comments by Pope Francis in support of legal protections offered by civil unions for gay couples, the prelate told Reuters, stressing that no family member should ever be rejected.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, archbishop of Mexico City, said in an interview that he backs the pope’s comments from a documentary that premiered in October and used previously unseen footage from an interview he gave to Mexican broadcaster Televisa. The comments marked the first time a sitting pope had advocated any legal protections for gay couples.
“I completely agree,” said Aguiar, a long-time ally of Pope Francis, who spoke ahead of Saturday’s feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, one of the Mexican Church’s most important annual celebrations.
In the documentary, entitled “Francesco,” the pope says, “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family, they are children of god,” and “what we have to have is a civil union law, that way they are legally covered.”
The pope’s comments did not signal any change in church doctrine on homosexuality or support for same-sex marriage, which the Vatican emphasized after the remarks made headlines across the globe.
But Francis’ more open and inclusive tone has marked a sharp contrast with his more conservative predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
What a load of Schumer! Notice the dig at Benedict? Go ahead and find something harsh that Benedict said about these people.
Back in October, it was reported that Francis said in an interview that he supported same-sex civil unions. Yes. He really thinks that.
That was extremely imprudent. I wrote that it didn’t change the Church’s teachings, but it is open to misinterpretation and it could lead to scandal about the issue of homosexual acts.
And now this guy in Mexico says this.