After decades of efforts by the Catholic Church to stem the tide of marital discord, Pope Francis has appealed to government agencies to have sex relations.
“All we have to do is sign a contract. In this way they are legally protected, “said Pope Francis, in a recent documentary on how to help LGBTQ people, according to the Catholic News Agency. “I stand for this.”
“Gays and lesbians have the right to a family,” the pope said. “They are children of God and have the right to a family. No one should be abandoned or suffered for this.”
New articles by Evgeny Afineevsky, Francesco, which was first launched at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday and focuses on how the pope cares for and helps the needy.
His comments on the film are the first time Francis has publicly declared his legal protection against homosexuality as a pontiff.
In 2003, the Vatican Church on the Doctrine of the Faith – then led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI – announced that “Legal recognition of homosexual organizations or equality of marriage could not be limited” confusing, and making it an example to the modern world, and can hide the basic values that people have as their heritage. “
There have been reports in the past that Francis assisted government agencies in 2010, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and the country enacted similar laws between families, but they have been arguing.
The pope has never condoned same-sex marriage or legalized marriage by the church.
After Wednesday’s speech, Catholic LGBTQ activists spoke enthusiastically but reluctantly about the issue.
“If this is publicly acknowledged that homosexuals should – and the church will not prevent – the legal recognition of dedicated relationships, it is clearly a global game changer,” Marianne Duddy-Burke, director of DignityUSA, LGBTQ Catholic organization, told BuzzFeed News.
But while Duddy-Burke called the pope’s comments “very important,” he wanted to redefine what the pope meant.
“I think it will only further the celebration to the point of suspicion of the Catholic Church,” he said. “Will this go to something that will be ‘redefined’ by the Vatican in the coming days?”
The Vatican did not respond to a request for comment.
Francis DeBernardo, head of the New Ways Ministry’s LGBTQ protection team, said he was “appreciatively” the pope’s comments, although he hoped the pope would recognize the ties within.
“It is an unforgettable moment that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, known as the persecutor of LGBTQ people, has moved to the side of homosexuality or their families,” DeBernardo said.
“It is no exaggeration to say that with these words the pope has protected LGBTQ families and families, and will save many LGBTQ lives,” De Bernardo said.
Francesco makes its debut in the US on Sunday at the Savannah Film Festival.