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We Talk To A Theologian About Pope Francis’s Endorsement Of Same-Sex Civil Unions




Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica where he celebrates several weddings today on September 14, 2014 at the Vatican.
Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica where he celebrates several weddings today on September 14, 2014 at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope.

We discuss the implications and the larger context of this news with a theologian. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guest:

Cecilia González-Andrieu, professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University