Thursday, December 3

The Vatican assures that there is no change in doctrine regarding gay unions

The Vatican, when interested, speaks with a small mouth. Two weeks after a statement by the Pope came to light in which he is in favor of civil unions between people of the same sex, which generated a huge controversy in the Church, the Holy See finally breaks its silence on this question, although he does so with a note without signature, date or official seals sent to the apostolic nuncios (ambassadors). The document, which must be distributed to the episcopates to clarify the “confusion” generated by the words of Francis, assures that there is no alteration of Catholic doctrine, “reaffirmed many times over the years.”

The controversy was generated because in the documentary ‘Francesco’, premiered on October 21 at the Rome Film Festival and directed by the Russian-born filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, Jorge Mario Bergoglio comments that homosexuals “have the right to be covered legally “, which is why” a civil coexistence law “is necessary. He also maintains that gays “have the right to be in a family, they are children of God” and that “no one can be thrown out of a family, or make life impossible for that.

Afineevsky assured that it was he who recorded these statements by the Pope, although in reality they belonged to an interview with the Mexican channel Televisa carried out in 2019, but that it was broadcast without the words about gay unions. They were also not included in the transcript published by the Vatican media. The director of Russian origin had access to all the unedited content of the interview with Televisa thanks to the fact that he was allowed to use the audiovisual archive of the small state.

The note sent by the Holy See to the nuncios confirms that Afineevsky lied and implicitly accuses him of manipulation. “More than a year ago, during an interview, Pope Francis answered two different questions at different times that, in the aforementioned documentary, were edited and published as a single answer without proper contextualization, which generated confusion”, it can be read in the clarification of the Holy See, which does not mention that Bergoglio’s words on civil unions for gays were never broadcast.

Legal protection

The Vatican’s explanatory document explains that in the 2019 interview, Francis was asked about an Argentine law on same-sex marriage. It was then that he replied that “it is an incongruity to speak of homosexual marriage”, but he was in favor of these people having some kind of legal protection. The note also recalls a 2014 interview of Bergoglio with the ‘Corriere della Sera’, in which he stressed that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and said that “it is necessary to see the various cases and evaluate them in their variety” when talking about civil unions between same-sex couples.

To reaffirm that there has been no change in doctrine, the document sent to the nuncios recovers a quote from the apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’, published in 2016, in which Francis maintains that “every person, regardless of their sexual orientation It must be respected in its dignity and received with respect, trying to avoid ‘any sign of unfair discrimination’ and particularly any form of aggression and violence.

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