Pope Francis approves civil union laws for same-sex couples in new documentary

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Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope in an interview for the feature documentary Francesco, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.Francis’s comments came halfway through the film, which delves into the issues that matter most to him, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequalities, and those most affected. through discrimination.

“Homosexual people have the right to be part of a family. They are children of God, ”Francis said in one of his interviews for the film. “What we need to have is a civil union law. This way they are legally covered. ”

Francis, believed to be the first pope to use the word gay publicly, told a reporter in 2013: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I?” to judge? ”

Three years later, in a papal exhortation, Francis declared: “Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be respected in their dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘any sign of unjust discrimination’ should be carefully avoided. , in particular form of aggression and violence. ”

Evolving Views on Homosexuality

Francis never spoke publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.

While archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis approved of civil unions for same-sex couples, but he criticized a gay marriage bill passed in Argentina in 2010 as a “destructive attack on God’s plan.”

He also opposed gay adoption.

Director Evgeny Afineevsky, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2015 documentary Winter on fire: Ukraine’s struggle for freedom, had access to the cardinals, the Vatican television archives and the Pope himself while making the film.

WATCH | The trailer for the documentary Francesco:

One of the main characters in the documentary is Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean survivor of clergy sexual abuse that Francis initially discredited during a visit to Chile in 2018.

Cruz, who is gay, said that during his first meetings with the Pope in May 2018, Francis assured him that God had made Cruz gay. Cruz tells his own story in extracts throughout the film, recounting both the evolution of Francis on the understanding of sexual abuse and documenting the Pope’s opinions on homosexuals.

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