BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A day after Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a statement, saying it is not a groundbreaking shift in church teaching. O’Malley said it is more in line with Pope Francis’s longtime views.
“Pope Francis strongly and consistently teaches that marriage is between a man and woman for a lifetime and that this is God’s plan for having and raising children,” O’Malley said in a statement released by the Archdiocese of Boston. “The Pope’s endorsement of civil unions is not an endorsement of homosexual activity.”
The pope’s comments came midway through a feature-length documentary, “Francesco,” that premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis says in the film. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
The Archdiocese of Boston is the fourth largest archdiocese in the U.S. with more than 1.8 million Catholics, according to its website.
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