The highest-ranking Catholic priest in Mexico has expressed support for Pope Francis’ call to legally recognize civil unions for gay couples.
“I completely agree,” Cardinal Carlos Aguilar told Reuters in response to questioning about the pope’s support for civil unions that aired this fall. “If they decide as a matter of free choice to be with another person, to be in a union, that’s freedom.”
In October, a documentary called “Francesco” premiered in which Pope Francis tells an interviewer that “homosexual people have the right to be in a family, they are children of God.” He later called in the interview for “a civil union law.”
After the October premiere, the Vatican restated that the Catholic Church does not recognize gay marriage. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated the doctrinal belief in “complementarity,” or the notion that males and females are biologically separate and can produce children, meaning they alone can form a “spousal union.”
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