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posted Friday, March 7 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 10
Pope OKs civil unions, maybe
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Pope OKs civil unions, maybe

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Francis said in an interview published March 5 that the Catholic Church might support civil unions, but same-sex marriage is still off the table.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the Pope contradicted previous Vatican assertions that he did not support any legal recognition for same-sex couples.

'[M]arriage is between a man and a woman,' the Pope insisted, but he also added that 'We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.'

The comment was 'the first time a Pope has indicated even tentative acceptance of civil unions,' Catholic News Service said.

Both the National Catholic Reporter, a liberal-leaning American Catholic publication, and the New York Times have reported that Francis supported civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriage in 2010, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

In the interview, the Pope acknowledged that civil unions could provide legal and financial security to couples, 'as for instance in medical care.'

In January, Francis recalled a little girl in Buenos Aires who told her teacher that she was sad because 'my mother's girlfriend doesn't like me.'

'The situation in which we live now provides us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand,' the Pope told a conference of religious orders, adding that the church 'must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.'

Vatican officials later denied that those comments signaled an opening toward same-sex unions.

Francis also signaled that he might be less rigid on the subject of contraception than his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

While the Pope praised Pope Paul VI for having the 'courage' to 'go against the majority' when he reaffirmed the ban on birth control in 1968, he added that the church must also be 'merciful' and 'attentive to concrete situations.'

Contraception and the church's ban on divorced Catholics receiving holy communion, will likely be addressed at major meetings of Catholic bishops in Rome in 2014 and 2015.

'We must give a response. But to do so, we must reflect much in depth,' the Pope said in the interview.

In the interview, Francis also tried to deflate his rock star image.

'To paint the Pope as a sort of Superman, a kind of star, seems offensive to me,' he said. 'The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps soundly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person.'

The Pope specifically denied the urban legend that he sneaks out of the Vatican at night to feed the homeless.

'It never occurred to me,' he said.

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