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Pope Francis Calls for Civil Union Between Same-Sex Couples

Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

In the film, "Francesco" by Evgeny Afineevsky, the Argentine pope says that gay people have the right to be in a family.

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has sought to build bridges with gay Catholics, praised the comments as "a major step forward in the church's support for LGBT people".

The Roman Catholic Church does not make up doctrine off the cuff nor announce such changes in a television documentary.

Pope Francis endorsement of same-sex unions has divided opinion on various social media platforms. "Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it".

Nor does the documentary shy away from describing the struggles faced by Pope Francis, from his role in Argentina's "dirty war" to his behavior toward victims of clerical sexual abuse in Chile.

While it is true that president Duterte expressed his support for same-sex civil unions as early as 2017, many LGBT+ Filipinos will be sceptical of the apparent attempt to paint him as champion of their community. Francis also spoke of the subject at least two times since he became Pope. "What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered".

In subsequent public remarks, Pope Francis continued to walk a tightrope between the hopes of progressive supporters and the expectations of conservative members of the church.

"The Holy Father is not saying that same-sex civil unions qualify as marriage or that they are in any way comparable to it", Goldstein said.

The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary "Francesco", which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

"The word I use is "welcome", Tobin told the New York Times after the visit.

"It shows his overall pastoral approach to LGBTQ people, including those who are Catholic, and sends a clear message to those bishops and Church leaders who have opposed such laws", Martin told Reuters.

Pope Francis has been perceived as more open and understanding toward LGBTQ people since his famous 2013 response "who am I to judge?" when asked about gay priests in the Catholic Church. "I think the lack of clarity is the most disturbing thing about this".

Another remark in the film that could stir controversy among US conservatives, Francis condemns the Trump administration's policy on family separation at the Southern border.

"We believe that a family is based on love and that unions of couples from the LGBTQ are valid, and they are very much founded on love just as much as the unions of other couples are, and that should be recognized as well", said Salinas.

But Francis has always voiced opposition to gay marriage, saying that marriage should only be between a man and woman.

According to "The Great Reformer", a biography of Pope Francis by Austen Ivereigh, then-Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio went head-to-head with the government in 2010 when it began a drive to legalize gay marriage.

Francis has made inclusiveness of his papacy, as he battles declining numbers of Catholics and pressure to have the church attune to modern society while not losing its moral compass.

"The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a handsome way, saying "no one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society".