“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” declares Pope Francis in documentary about his life.

Pope Francis, in a stunning declaration that will surely turn a few heads this morning, announced support for same-sex civil unions in very clear language in a documentary that was released in Rome on Wednesday.

Francesco, which is a film about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the birth name of the current Pope Francis, was released on Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival and “tackles some of the main themes of his pontificate through a series of interviews.”

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the Pope said in the film, the Catholic News Agency reported.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the Pope said.

While he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis did advocate for same-sex civil unions as an alternative for the Argentine LGBTQI community when Argentina was discussing the legalisation of same-sex marriage, even though they were the first county in Latin America to eventually do so and the 10th country in the world to recognise same sex marriage.

UPDATE

Following up from the article about about Pope Francis and his wordy support of civil unions for same sex couples, all is not as it seems as is evidenced by unearthed transcripts of the actual interview where the quotes all came from.

The out of context quote came from the documentary Francesco, which was directed by Evgeny Afineevsky and as has been revealed was never actually granted an on-camera interview with the pontiff himself, edited the film in a way that made it appear as if the three seperate quotes were all said one after the other.

The clips for the documentary actually came from a 2019 interview by Valentina Alazraki, a correspondent for the Mexican television station Televisa, in which Pope Francis did say these things at three seperate points of the interview, though the shine does dim a bit, once it’s broken up into its proper context.

This revelation will also come as a blow to those who thought the quote, as presented in the documentary, might have meant that Pope Francis was supporting the right for gay couples to adopt children, especially as the supposed quote appeared after a story about a gay couple with children.

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