Pope Francis Goes Against Traditional Catholic Beliefs, Supports LGBTQ Community

Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples in major shift in Vatican stance

He also reiterated the point that he believes that those who may be gay are still children of God.

In the documentary "Francesco", which premiered at the Rome Film Festival Wednesday, the pope called for a "civil union law" to ensure gay and lesbian couples have the same legal rights as married straight couples.

Speaking in a film documentary, the pope called for the creation of such laws.

His church is part of the United American Catholic Church, and he says he is encouraged by the Pontiff's remarks, especially for Catholic gay couples shunned by their own religion.

Pope Francis has defended the right of gay people to start a family, saying they are "children of God".

Former interior minister Matteo Salvini, leader of rightist League party, has been a vocal opponent of homosexual rights, denying the children of same-sex unions to have the name of both parents on national ID cards.

Pope Francis said nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it.

"As a musician, I've worked in many Catholic churches and I was not able to be who I am", said Michael De Voe, a music teacher and singer with the Heartland Men's Chorus in Kansas City. In his family life document Amoris Laetitia he says that "every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected... while "every sign of unjust discrimination" is to be carefully avoided".

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The statement has people further discussing homosexuality within the Catholic Church not only in Rome, but right here in Omaha. He became Pope Benedict XVI, the predecessor to Pope Francis.

The film shows Rubera giving the letter to the pope.

Mr Ruffini said when Afineevsky first approached him with the idea of a documentary, he tried to dampen his hopes for interviewing the Pope. It teaches that homosexuals should be treated with dignity but is opposed to gay marriage.

"In analyzing the pope's remarks, it is important to remember that the Church is not a corporation where the CEO sets policy", he added. First, he is saying them as Pope, not Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The announcement is a huge shift from the Catholic Church's traditional stance on the matter. "I think we're just going to have to see where it lands", Marianne Duddy-Burke, Dignity USA's executive director, tells NPR.

Pope Francis has offered his most explicit support to date on same-sex civil unions, in what could be a landmark moment in the Church's ministry to gay Catholics.

More conservative commentators sought to play down Francis' words and said that while secular civil unions are one thing, a church blessing of them is quite another. That means supporting marriage equality, as well as same-sex couples' rights to have families and be "full members" of their faith communities.

"Marriage is between a man and a woman", he said.

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