The Vatican declares the Pope’s homosexual statement

Dhe Vatican has made it clear that the recently publicized statements by Pope Francis through same-sex partnerships did not change the negative attitude of the Catholic Church towards homosexuality. It is “obvious that the Pope referred to certain state regulations, but certainly not to the Church’s teaching, which he has affirmed many times in recent years,” says a letter that the State Secretariat apparently sent to the Apostolic Nuncio for forwarding to all Catholic Bishops’ Conferences worldwide.

At the same time, the Vatican indicated that they were out of context statements from a previous interview. The text of the letter was published on Twitter by the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Franco Coppola.

Statements from 2019

In a documentary by Russian director Yevgeny Afineevsky, which was shown two weeks ago at a film festival in Rome, Francis says: “Homosexuals have the right to live with a family”. They too are children of God, they should not be “thrown out”. Then follows the sentence: “What we need is a law that enables civil partnership. That’s what I campaigned for. “

It was the first time that a Pope advocated civil law recognition of same-sex partnerships. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had expressly rejected such recognition in 2003 under its then Prefect, Jospeh Cardinal Ratzinger. According to Catholic teaching, homosexual acts are “not to be approved” because they violate divine law. However, homosexuals must not be discriminated against.

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