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Vatican says Pope's comments on same-sex civil unions were taken out of context

Source : 112 Ukraine

His words do not signal a change in doctrine
21:33, 2 November 2020

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The Vatican has sought to clarify Pope Francis' comments in support of same-sex civil unions, saying they were taken out of context and do not signal a change in doctrine, Reuters reports.

In an "explanatory note," sent on October 30 from the Vatican's Secretariat of State to papal representatives around the world, the Vatican said that two comments made by Pope Francis in the film Francesco by Russian-born director Evgeny Afineevsky were taken out of context.

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It says that two separate quotes in response to separate questions were spliced to appear as one, deleting the intervening context and questions.

The note said that in the first quote, the pope was referring to the right of homosexuals to be accepted by their own families as children and siblings.

Some saw the comments as homosexuals having a right to form families.

The note said the documentary cut comments where the pope expressed opposition to opposed homosexual marriage and made clear he was referring to civil union laws, which some countries have enacted to regulate benefits such as health care.

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A phrase where Francis said "it is an incongruence to speak of homosexual marriage" was cut.

"It is clear that Pope Francis was referring to certain state provisions and certainly not the doctrine of the Church, which he has reaffirmed numerous times over the years," the note said.

The documentary’s director, Evgeny Afineevsky, told reporters he interviewed the pope but journalists later found the footage in a 2019 interview with Mexico’s Televisa. Some were not previously aired.

As we reported earlier, the pontiff called the pleasures of eating food and having sex "simply divine". He did it in a book of interviews between him and writer Carlo Petrini.

"Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine," Francis told.

Francis, who is 83 years old and was born in Argentina, likened his connection of pleasure to divinity to a 1987 Danish Film, "Babette's Feast," which is about a poor village in the Danish countryside brought together in faith and community by an extravagant French meal cooked by a member of the congregation. 

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