Pope Francis expressed openness to nonmarital same-sex civil unions, while stressing that the Catholic Church believes marriage to be between a man and a woman, in an interview with an Italian newspaper.
Matrimony is between a man and a woman, the pope told Corriere della Sera, as translated by Catholic News Service.
He ruled out any change of doctrine on this issue, saying that instead it is a matter of going into the issue in depth and bringing it about that the pastoral practice takes account of situations and of what is possible for persons. This will be discussed at the upcoming synod on the family, he added. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/...
As for the rubbish that he supported same sex civil unions in Argentina that is a lie. If you consider reports from the gay newspapers with an agenda as accurate then go for it. As for the reports of him giving thumbs up to homosexuality wrong again. In context he merely stated the position when asked about homesexuals he was merely saying if someone is who is trying to adhere to Gods will which would be refraining from acting on it and seeks to do what is right. Then he poses the question, "Who am I to judge?" That was translated into Pope says not to judge Homosexuals. Hardly...The church is very clear and he has been very clear it is not the will of God to practice a homosexual life. If you want to blast on your fellow protestants who support it, be my guest. Further General polls taken on beliefs from people who identify as Catholics from secular sources who haven't been to church since they were baptized is neither a reflection on the teachings of the church nor the faithful.
On marriage and civil unions, the Pope said that marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular states want to justify civil unions driven by the need to regulate economic aspects between people, such as assuring health care. Asked to what extent the Church could understand this trend, he replied: "It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety."
Ok..So here he is being asked about the secular trend toward civil unions. He says it is necessary to look at this trend, the varieties of them and the implications to society, how to combat it, and how the church should best deal with what is possible needs further discussion.. Is he saying I am open to it? NO Is he saying some may be ok? NO in the context of the entirety of what he is saying he ruled out any change of doctrine on the issue. That doesnt mean the reality that civil unions heterosexual or homosexual are not happening. An example of this would be. Is it moral to deny medical coverage thus denying treatment to someone because they are in a civil union? People have intercourse out of wedlock and that has an impact. Discussing how to deal with the aftermath without condoning it is a different matter. Whats your answer confrint? You had a baby out of wedlock or have a baby in a civil union. Do you suggest stoning or is that just for Catholics?