At Bondings 2.0, Frank DeBenardo makes an intriguing claim about Pope Francis – that he has made ” a declarative endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples”. He bases this on an extract from a conversation between the pope and a French sociologist, one of a series of 12 which will soon be published in book form.Extracts from these conversations, including the one referring to civil unions, have been published at Crux.
DeBenardo’s response at Bondings 2.0 is to read this as an endorsement of civil unions:
What’s new here, however, is his declarative endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples. Although many church leaders have suggested supporting such an arrangement in recent years, Pope Francis has never, as pontiff, stated his endorsement of civil unions so flatly.
Is this really a ” declarative endorsement of civil unions for same-sex couples”? I’d love to think so, but I’m not convinced.
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