Pope Suggests Support for Some Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pope Credit Edgar JiminezROME — In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis suggested that he could see Rome permitting some forms of homosexual civil unions when it comes to medical care and property for those living in sexual sin, although he did not come out in support of same-sex “marriage.”

Francis told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” but efforts to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care,” according to a translation by Catholic News Service.

“It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety,” Francis said.

While the remarks were far from endorsing same-sex marriage, something Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI have spoken out against, they represent the latest in what many Catholics and church observers have read as a more “gay-friendly” tone of the church under the pope, who was elected nearly a year ago.

In an interview last summer, Francis drew global attention when he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” He also explained last September in an interview with the Italian magazine La Civilta Cattolica that he believes the Roman Catholic Church needs to find a “new balance” in reaching unbelievers, rather than focusing predominantly on the issues of homosexuality and abortion.

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible,” he said. “I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

While some have viewed the Pope’s remarks as seeking to be more conciliatory toward those who identify as homosexuals—including homosexual magazines and various lawmakers who advocate for same-sex “marriage,” others have stated that Francis should be more vocal in calling men to repentance from sin.

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Pastor William Webster of Grace Bible Church in Battleground, Washington told Christian News Network that although he has agreed with some of the pope’s statements over the past year, loving your neighbor means speaking the truth without compromise.

“When the pope proclaims, ‘Who am I to judge?’, he is failing to faithfully proclaim the word of God,” he said. “Certainly he is not the judge of men, but God is, and God has already spoken in His word with respect to homosexuality. He calls upon men and women to repent of their sin and to come to Christ for deliverance from its guilt, condemnation and bondage and to be reconciled to Him.”

“The Church is called to stand for truth—to be faithful to Christ. It does not change its convictions to adapt to the prevailing opinions of the culture so that it does not offend men in the hopes that it can attract them,” he continued. “We need to deal with men in love but we also need to speak the truth. This is how we proclaim Christ to a changing generation.”

Thomas Rosica, a consultant to the Vatican, asserted that the pope’s latest statements don’t really say much on the issue of homosexuality.

“We should not try to read more into the pope’s words than what has been stated in very general terms,” he told reporters. “In his response to the interviewer, he emphasized the natural characteristic of marriage between one man and one woman, and on the other hand, he also spoke about the obligation of the state to fulfill its responsibilities towards its citizens.”

Photo: Edgar Jiminez

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  • Andy

    Please people, the pope did not condone ss marriages.all he did is recognise that people are suffering loss, and that the state should solve these tragedies with adapted laws. To accept gay marriage is impossible, yet he os right in saying that we are wrong on making this our sole message outre message is love, and a changed heart, and life…not judging and condemning the world.as Paul said I am not talking of those on the world

    • There are many today who claim that we should ignore the laws of the Old Testament. In Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus says; ”Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Therefore when we do not put the sodomite to death we are bringing the curse of God down upon ourselves.

      In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 We read; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

  • Common people, WAKE UP from a deep slumber! Don’t be deceived, especially those who believe in Jesus Christ. Real loving your neighbor means speaking the truth without compromise! This is what the Bible would want us to know. The bad thing, not everyone of us read our Bible, that’s why we will certainly be deceived. Christian leaders are reading their Bible, but sad to say, not everyone of them is following the truth stated in the Bible. You know what I mean. As I care and love you, you need to know the truth, even if it might hurt or ignite rage on your part.

    Remember this. A real servant of God follows God’s will. Never in my entire life I noticed that a pope was indirectly supporting sins through the union of same-sex, except from what we have now in our contemporary time. This is another sign that Christ is soon to come, as revealed in the Bible!

    “The Church is called to stand for truth—to be faithful to Christ. It does not change its convictions to adapt to the prevailing opinions of the culture so that it does not offend men in the hopes that it can attract them,” he continued. “We need to deal with men in love but we also need to speak the truth. This is how we proclaim Christ to a changing generation.” – William Webster

    Be richly blessed ahead! 🙂

  • The Pope needs to be born again ~ John 3:3

  • Karate Kathleen

    In Revelation God says to the “lukewarm Christian” that he would have them be either hot or cold, and that because they are lukewarm he will spit them out of his mouth. The Pope needs to decide which way he is going, either God’s way or the devil’s way. There is no in-between.

  • Paul

    We who are Christians need to pray for people and leaders like the Pope who are being deceived by the world and Satan and buying into the lie that homosexuality is not against God’s Word and plan for us….

  • The Pope’s decision or opinion is clearly motivated by the economic factors.