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Pope Francis Supports Gay Civil Unions

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Pope Francis pressed the Catholic church to support civil unions for gay couples in Argentina as a way to prevent the country adopting same sex marriages, a new report reveals.

As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the new Pope believed civil unions were “the lesser of two evils” and acceptance would head off pressure in the country to allow homosexual couples to wed,

His handling of the issue may give an insight to his leadership style that will likely mix an embrace of the church’s positions on core social issues with a willingness to compromise with opposing sides, the paper said.

Francis’ approach is in dramatic contrast to Pope Benedict XVI, who was known for a strict adherence to church doctrine and spent 25 years as the chief enforcer of church doctrine before being named Pope. In contrast, the new Pope’s experience serving the faithful directly sometimes led him to a different approach to serving real world problems.

While a majority of Argentina’s bishops voted to overrule him, handing him his only defeat in his six-year tenure as head of the country’s bishops’ conference, he often displayed a keen ability to embrace the opposition and reach out to critics, showing them respect, the Times reports.

Argentina eventually voted to allow gay marriage in 2010 despite the church’s opposition.

Bergoglio’s negotiating ability has many wondering whether he may come to embrace civil unions as Pope. However, his public stance against Argentina’s law, which he called a “destructive pretention against the plan of God,” stoked anger among gay rights leaders in Argentina who said that while he often displayed a more pragmatic side in private, in public he often took a much harsher tone.

Argentina is known as one of Latin America’s more socially liberal countries. Although three-quarters of the nation is Catholic and Roman Catholicism remains the official religion, only about 33 percent consider religion a very important part of their life.

Since Argentina approved gay marriage in 2010, more than 1,000 gay couples have married there and tourism catering to gay and lesbian travelers has grown, something that has put the country at odds with Rome.

“This is something that Rome cannot forgive, tolerate or allow to advance,” one priest told the Times.

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    • med2011

      Bergoglio didn’t suggest endorsing homosexual civil unions in 2010, says confidant of new pope
      Thu Mar 21, 2013 15:35 ESTComments ()Tags: Civil Unions, Media Bias, Pope Francis, Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

      BUENOS AIRES, March 21, 2013 ( – Miguel Woites, a confidant of Pope Francis while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, is denying a widely publicized claim that the then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio suggested the endorsement of gay civil unions as an alternative to “homosexual marriage” during a private meeting with fellow bishops in 2010.

      In an interview granted to the Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, Woites said that the story “isn’t true. It’s a complete error.”

      The principle source of the claim, Bergoglio biographer Sergio Rubín, “never said who told him, when they told him,” said Woites. “It’s not correct to write something like that out of thin air. That (New York Times) article was very criticized by the bishops. He certainly would have referred to unions of convenience but not that anything be legalized.”

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      Woites, who is the director of the Argentinean Catholic Information Agency (ACIA), has regularly conferred with the bishops of Argentina, including Bergoglio while he was still archbishop, ACI Prensa reports.

      Woites’s statements contradict a New York Times article published yesterday stating, “Faced with the near certain passage of the gay marriage bill, Cardinal Bergoglio offered the civil union compromise as the ‘lesser of two evils,’ said Sergio Rubin, his authorized biographer. ‘He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society.’”

      Rubin’s words carry some weight, because he is the one of the two individuals who co-authored the only authorized biography of the current pope, entitled The Jesuit, published by Ediciones B in 2010. The biography was based on conversations with Bergoglio.

      The claim has been seconded by homosexual activist Marcelo Marquez, who told the Times that Bergoglio “told me that homosexuals need to have recognized rights and that he supported civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.”

    • Pix

      It wouldn’t make any difference. The human rights act makes prohibition of full marriage on a minority group, illegal. Their days of inhuman practice and cruelty towards minority groups, is at an end.

      The bible, being religious, what ever label you choose for it, does not give people the right to victimise or exclude people from basic human rights.

    • yes2truth

      1 Kings 15:11-12 (KJV) And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

      Just to let us see how far removed The VatiCAIN is from God’s ways.

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