The intrigue behind Pope Francis’ “bombshell” comments on same-sex civil unions

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The remarks were a bomb. In “Francesco”, a new documentary that was presented on Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis deviated from Catholic teaching and approved same-sex civil unions.Sitting on a golden chair in his residence, the documentary showed Francis saying that homosexuals are “children of God.” “You cannot kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for it,” he said. “What we need to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered. ”

As might be expected, this deviation from Church doctrine has delighted liberal Catholics and LGBT activists, and infuriated Catholic conservatives. But this problem was not entirely new to Francis. He had previously expressed his support for same-sex civil unions when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, but only as an alternative to gay marriage. It was the first time that a pope had spoken publicly in favor of such a controversial issue.

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