Tag Archive | Pope Francis

US: Biden continues to support same-sex unions

US: Biden continues to support same-sex unions

White House says US President Joe Biden will continue to support same-sex unions (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden continues to support same-sex unions, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said on Monday, after the Vatican said priests cannot bless same-sex unions. Psaki said Biden, a devout Catholic, had no personal response to the Vatican […]

Vatican: Pope’s comments taken ‘out of context’

Vatican: Pope’s comments taken ‘out of context’

(Reuters) – The Vatican says comments by Pope Francis on civil union laws in a documentary last month were taken out of context, and did not signal a change in Church doctrine on homosexuals, or support for same-sex marriage. The documentary, ‘Francesco’, which premiered at the Rome film festival on October 21, made headlines for […]

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

Opinion: Pope’s ‘yes’ to same-sex civil unions could mean more equal Catholic Church

By Francis DeBernardo Gene and Bill had been partners for more than 50 years when I first heard their story. The two men met and fell in love when they were both 22. Because of the socially oppressive climate, it was not safe to live together as a couple, so they moved in as ‘roommates’. […]

Venezuela: Pres. Maduro asks congress to discuss same-sex marriage

Venezuela: Pres. Maduro asks congress to discuss same-sex marriage

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, on Thursday asked the country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term, beginning in January, citing Pope Francis’ comments this week supporting civil unions for same-sex couples. The Pope’s comments were the clearest language yet he has used on the rights of gay people. Gay marriage is […]

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

Pope’s support for gay civil unions gets mixed reactions

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough, and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, [some] LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday. In a documentary called ‘Francesco’, released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights, and that “homosexual people have a right to […]

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

Pope: Same-sex couples should be covered by civil union laws

(Reuters) – Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws, in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, since his election seven years ago. He made his comments in a new documentary ‘Francesco’, by Oscar-nominated director, Evgeny Afineevsky, that was released on Wednesday.

Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler

(Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Friday politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies, and Jews remind him of Hitler. “It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism,” Francis said in an address to participants of an international conference on criminal law. “And I must confess to you […]

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

Pope meets US priest criticised for ministering to gays

(Reuters) – Pope Francis on Monday gave a high-profile private audience to a prominent American Jesuit priest, who has been attacked repeatedly by conservative Catholics and media outlets for ministering to homosexuals. By meeting Father James Martin during the morning, when the Pope’s meetings are part of his published schedule, instead of privately in the […]

Pope tells gay priests: Be celibate or leave priesthood

Pope tells gay priests: Be celibate or leave priesthood

(Reuters) Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book. Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado called “The […]

HRC Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apology to LGBTQ People

HRC Welcomes Pope Francis’ Apology to LGBTQ People

Yesterday (27th June) in response to recent comments from Pope Francis that the church should “apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended,” the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement: “Pope Francis’ words […]