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Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

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Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

For the first time in his papacy, Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil unions and called for legal protections for same-sex families.

"Francesco" is a documentary that covers the life of the pope and premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival.

Among the most moving moments of the film is the Pope's phone call to a gay couple, parents of three young children, in response to a letter they sent him saying how ashamed they were to bring their children to the parish.

Another teaching confines the institution of marriage to a man and a woman - and that remains intact regardless of the pope's remarks on same-sex unions, said Brian Burch, president of the conservative group CatholicVote. He said that "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family".

"Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. Through his (the pope's) actions, I found this", he said.

The Pope expressed his clearest support for same-sex civil unions in the documentary "Francesco" that premiered in Rome, the Catholic News Agency reported.

In 2003, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had issued a document urging Catholics to oppose giving "legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons", particularly when such recognition would equate the unions with marriage and would allow the couple to adopt children.

Tutu has said he would rather go to Hell than worship a homophobic God: "I would refuse to go to a homophobic Heaven".

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has previously made numerous comments in support of the LGBTQ+ community, but this is the first time that he has spoken about their rights.

The church officially maintains that gay people should be treated with respect, but all homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered".

Francis' comments differ from his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who made the news when he labeled homosexuality "an intrinsic moral evil".

Ruffini said that when Afineevsky approached him about a documentary, he tried to tamp down his hopes for interviewing the pope. "I think the lack of clarity is the most disturbing thing about this". There have been some strides in recent years as some Catholic priests do bless same-sex marriages. He lauded such partnerships as an alternative to gay marriage. One of them was his former student, Yayo Grassi, who along with his partner visited Francis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C., during a 2015 visit to the U.S.

As a Catholic, I'm pleased Pope Francis is pushing the Church into the 21st Century.

The biographer of Pope Francis Austin Evrig told the BBC that he was not surprised by the recent comments, adding that "this is his position when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires".

This is the first time a pope has ever explicitly supported this action, though he did not say the church would perform same-sex marriages.

Though there are still some people who do not support the union of same-sex couples, Crowder says it just makes his organization fight harder.

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