Pope Francis has given his blessing to same sex marriage in a historic shift hailed as immensely powerful. The 83 year old Pontiff said gay people had the right to be in a family and should be protected by law in a major departure from the Catholic Church’s traditional doctrine that homosexual acts are sinful.
He made his comments in an interview for a documentary entitled Francesco filmed at the Rome Film Festival yesterday. The pope told film makers: homosexual people are children of God. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.
What we have to have is a civil union law that allows for it – that way they are legally covered. Gay rights campaigners said that his comments would help the ongoing fight for equality.
However, some Christians accused the pope of going against the Bible’s teachings and called for him to be replaced. Pope Francis endorsed gay civil unions when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, before becoming Pontiff in 2013. But this is the first time he has spoken out as head of the Catholic Church which religious experts said could have a huge impact.