Pope Francis: “Homosexual persons….are children of God, they have the right to a family”
That’s how Francis expresses himself in Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary “Francesco” which had its worldwide launch on 21 st October 2020.
It’s not the first time this Pope has surprised us with phrases which, were they to have been overheard in everyday conversation, would have had no repercussions.
In fact, that is what is key: for the first time a Pope of the Catholic Church touches on the question of same-sex civil unions without disqualifying or condemning them. He treats them as naturally as would anybody who is fully conscious of the equality which is lived, and which must be protected, in civil society. Speaking as naturally as Jesus of Nazareth.
We pray daily that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire our Pontiff, so that many other people and religious groups, within our hierarchy and outside it, may come to accept that diversity is an enrichment, and not a threat; and that the words of encouragement and affection may very soon be reflected in the correction of anachronistic and discriminatory norms.