Why Pope Francis endorsed same-sex marriage

Why Pope Francis endorsed same-sex marriage

Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has endorsed same-sex civil unions as pope for the first time, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and his predecessors on the rights of gay people.

The remarks came in a documentary called Francesco that was released on Wednesday.

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the pontiff said, as he reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ).

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” the Pope added.

The documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis was presented at the Rome Film Festival, and is set to make its North American premiere on Sunday.

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‘The existential peripheries’: The film chronicles the pope’s approach to pressing social issues, and in the words of the pontiff, those living “on the existential peripheries”.

The pope’s direct call for civil union laws represents a seismic shift from the perspective of his predecessors, and from his own more circumspect positions on civil unions in the past.

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