Vatican Claims Pope's Civil Union Comments Were Taken Out Of Context

Written by on November 2, 2020

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis’ feedback on homosexual civil unions have been taken out of context in a documentary that spliced collectively components of an previous interview, however nonetheless confirmed Francis’ perception that homosexual {couples} ought to get pleasure from authorized protections.

The Vatican secretariat of state issued steerage to ambassadors to elucidate the uproar that Francis’ feedback created following the Oct. 21 premiere of the movie “Francesco,” on the Rome Movie Pageant. The Vatican nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Franco Coppola, posted the unsigned steerage on his Fb web page Sunday.

In it, the Vatican confirmed that Francis was referring to his place in 2010 when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and strongly opposed strikes to permit same-sex marriage. As a substitute, he favored extending authorized protections to homosexual {couples} underneath what is known in Argentina as a civil union regulation.

Whereas Francis was identified to have taken that place privately, he had by no means articulated his assist whereas as pope. In consequence, the feedback made headlines, primarily as a result of the Vatican’s doctrine workplace in 2003 issued a doc prohibiting such endorsement. The doc, signed by Francis’ predecessor as pope, says the church’s assist for homosexual individuals “can not lead in any option to approval of gay habits or to authorized recognition of gay unions.”

The current uproar gained much more consideration as a result of it turned out director Evgeny Afineevsky misled journalists by claiming Francis had made the feedback to him in a brand new interview. Per week earlier than the premiere, when he was requested concerning the civil union feedback, Afineevsky instructed The Related Press that he had two on-camera interviews with the pope. In feedback to journalists after the premiere, he claimed that the civil union footage got here from an interview with the pope with a translator current.

It turned out, Francis’ feedback have been apparently taken from a Could 2019 interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa that have been by no means broadcast. The Vatican hasn’t confirmed or denied experiences by sources in Mexico that the Vatican lower the quote from the footage it offered to Televisa after the interview, which was filmed with Vatican cameras.

Afineevsky apparently was given entry to the unique, uncut footage within the Vatican archives.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus midday prayer in St. Peter’s Sq. on the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

The steerage issued by the secretariat of state doesn’t handle the problem of the lower quote or that it got here from the Televisa interview. It says solely that it was from a 2019 interview and that the feedback used within the documentary spliced collectively components of two completely different responses in a means that eliminated essential context.

“Greater than a yr in the past, throughout an interview, Pope Francis answered two completely different questions at two completely different instances that, within the aforementioned documentary, have been edited and revealed as a single reply with out correct contextualization, which has led to confusion,” stated the steerage posted by Coppola.

Within the movie, Afineevsky recounts the story of Andrea Rubera, a married homosexual Catholic who wrote Francis asking for his recommendation about bringing into the church his three younger youngsters together with his husband.

It was an anguished query, on condition that the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual individuals have to be handled with dignity and respect however that gay acts are “intrinsically disordered.” The church additionally holds that marriage is an indissoluble union between man and lady, and in consequence, homosexual marriage is unacceptable.

Ultimately, Rubera recounts how Francis urged him to strategy his parish transparently and produce the youngsters up within the religion, which he did. After the anecdote ends, the movie cuts to Francis’ feedback from the Televisa interview.

“Gay individuals have the appropriate to be in a household. They’re youngsters of God,” Francis stated. “You may’t kick somebody out of a household, nor make their life depressing for this. What we’ve to have is a civil union regulation; that means they’re legally coated.”

Francis’ feedback about gays having the appropriate to be in a household referred to folks with homosexual youngsters, and the necessity for them to not kick their youngsters out or discriminate towards them, the Vatican steerage stated.

Francis was not endorsing the appropriate of homosexual {couples} to undertake youngsters, despite the fact that the location of the quote proper after Rubera instructed his story made it appear that Francis was.

The pope’s feedback about homosexual civil unions got here from a special a part of the Televisa interview and included a number of caveats that weren’t included within the movie.

Within the Televisa interview, Francis made clear he was explaining his place concerning the distinctive case in Buenos Aires 10 years in the past, versus Rubera’s state of affairs or homosexual marriage as an entire.

Within the Televisa interview, Francis additionally insisted that he at all times maintained Catholic doctrine and stated there was an “incongruity” for the Catholic Church so far as “gay marriage” is anxious.

The documentary eradicated that context.

Director Evgeny Afineevsky is awarded the Kineo Movie for Humanity award at the Vatican, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, for the

Director Evgeny Afineevsky is awarded the Kineo Film for Humanity award on the Vatican, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, for the film “Francesco.”

The Televisa footage is out there on-line, and consists of an ungainly lower proper after Francis spoke concerning the “incongruity” of gay marriage. Presumably, that’s the place he segued into his place as archbishop in favoring extending authorized protections to homosexual {couples}.

Neither the Vatican nor Afineevsky have responded to repeated questions concerning the lower quote or its origin.

The Vatican steerage insists that Francis wasn’t contradicting church doctrine. But it surely doesn’t clarify how his assist for extending Argentine authorized protections to homosexual {couples} in 2010 may very well be squared with the 2003 doc from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Religion, which says “the rules of respect and non-discrimination can’t be invoked to assist authorized recognition of gay unions.”


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