The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis’ comments in support of gay marriage were taken out of context and do not signal a change in doctrine, The Vatican said.
The Vatican’s Secretariat of State in a letter sent on October 30 to papal representatives(nuncios) around the world, made it clear that two comments made by Pope Francis in the film “Francesco” by Russian-born director Evgeny Afineevsky were taken out of context.
In the Vatican’s letter, first published on the Facebook page of the Vatican nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Franco Coppola, on Sunday, It was explained that the film “Francesco” which premiered on October 21, spliced together parts of an old interview.
The authenticity of the letter which was confirmed by a senior Vatican official to CNN read in parts;
“More than a year ago, during an interview, Pope Francis answered two different questions at two different times that, in the aforementioned documentary, were edited and published as a single answer without the proper contextualization, which has led to confusion,”.
Regarding the pope’s comments in the film that “what we need is a civil union law,” the Vatican’s clarification says that the Pope was speaking about his opposition to same-sex marriage law in Argentina ten years ago when the Pope was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
In that context, the Vatican’s letter claims, the Pope “had spoken about the rights of these people to have certain legal protection,” but not about same-sex marriage.
“It is clear that Pope Francis was referring to certain provisions made by states, and certainly not to the doctrine of the Church, which he has reaffirmed numerous times over the years,” the letter explains.
In the film, the Pope also says: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” which was interpreted by some to mean that the Pope was in favor of same-sex couples forming families.
However, the letter states that the Pope was speaking about the fact that “a son or daughter with a homosexual orientation should never be discriminated against within the family.”
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