The double-edged sword of Pope Francis’ same-sex union comments

In a new documentary that premiered in Rome this week, Pope Francis expressed his support for the creation of civil unions for same-sex couples. Such relationships, Francis said, should be “legally covered.”

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” the pontiff declared.

Immediately, Francis’ words were hailed by many as a remarkable breakthrough for the world’s largest religious organization. Understandably so. In the darkness that is 2020, the news that one of the world’s most important religious figures has endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples will strike many as a rare bright moment in these very bleak times.


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