Pope Francis made news recently by voicing his support for same-sex civil unions — legal arrangements that give gay and lesbian couples many of the same rights as married opposite-sex couples. Around the world, Catholics vary in their support for same-sex marriage and their acceptance of homosexuality in general, according to Pew Research Center surveys conducted in recent years. The Center does not have recent survey data on views about civil unions. Same-sex marriage became legal across the U. In Western Europe, large majorities of Catholics said in that they support legal same-sex marriage.
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By Lia Eustachewich. October 23, pm Updated October 23, pm. The pontiff, 83, endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples in a interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible. Read Next.
Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. The Amoris Laetitia, a exhortation by Pope Francis which Irish Archbishops have said will be the guiding document of the World Meeting of the Families, makes several statements in this area too. Source: Vatican.
On Monday, the Vatican released what it calls a " relatio post disceptationem "—Latin for "report after debate. The broad area of discussion for this so-called "extraordinary" meeting—as opposed to "ordinary" synods, which are held at fixed intervals, the next being in —is "the family," or more formally: "Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. A broad range of issues fall under that umbrella. Some are relatively uncontroversial among Catholics polygamy and arranged marriages: still no-nos.