The United Nations has placed its public seal of approval on Pope Francis’ recent comments supporting same-sex marriages: that homosexuals were “children of God and have a right to a family.”
In a curiously governmental statement for a religious leader, Francis also said laws should be made to protect gay couples.
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, from very Catholic Portugal, called the papal thumbs-up “extremely welcome.” Francis’s words sparked praise from gay and liberal Catholics and disapproval from conservatives.
“This is decision of the Pope is, of course, extremely welcome from our perspective,” he said, presumably referring to the entire U.N., in a DailyMail.com report.
Francis made the statements in a new documentary, in which he said that “what we have to create is a civil union law,” which places him at odds with previous Vatican dogma.
While Francis, 83, opposes gay marriage, his words were hailed by admirers as a “major step forward in the church’s support for LGBT people.” There was also a chorus of anger, however, from conservative Catholics who said it “clearly contradicts what has been the long-standing teaching of the church.”
Pope John Paul II spoke out repeatedly against same-sex marriage during his time at the Vatican, calling it an attack on the fabric of society.