In an interview published inCorriere della Sera, an Italian daily, the pontiff suggested the Catholic Church could tolerate some types of same-sex civil unions as a practical measure to guarantee property rights and health care.
The pope said that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” but moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.”
A number of Catholic bishops have supported civil unions for same-sex couples, including Francis when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
In an interview with CNN last year, Marcelo Marquez, a leading Argentinian LGBT rights activist, said that during that nation’s 2010 debate over same-sex marriage, he received a phone call from the Pope — then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
According to Marquez, then-Cardinal Bergoglio “told me. … ‘I’m in favor of gay rights and in any case, I also favor civil unions for homosexuals, but I believe that Argentina is not yet ready for a gay marriage law.’”Francis had led the Catholic Church’s public stance against legalizing same-sex marriage in Argentina while he was Archbishop. At the time, Francis called the proposed legislation “a destructive attack on God’s plan.”
In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Pope Francis has recently said that gays and certain other groups deserve an apology from Christians, according to the Catholic News Agency. Aboard the papal plane during his flight home from Armenia, the Pope was asked during a press conference, if he agreed with German cardinal Reinhard [...]