The Vatican has cut the stakes for Catholics and everyone who has been thrilled with Pope Francis‘ support for the LGBTQ+ civil union. The Holy See’s Secretary of State has said that Pope Francis’ comments, part of the documentary Francesco, released in October, have been taken out of context and do not symbolize changes in Catholic doctrine, according to Reuters.
The documentary was released at the Rome film festival on October 21 and drew worldwide attention for including the pope’s lines defending the right of homosexuals to form a family, stressing the need for civil union laws for same-sex couples.
Last week, the Vatican Secretariat of State sent an “explanatory statement” to its ambassadors, who forwarded the message to the bishops. The text was revealed by the papal biographer Austen Ivereigh. A Vatican source confirmed the information on Monday (2) and an ambassador in Mexico posted the text on a Facebook page.
The statement said that two separate sentences, in response to two separate questions, were edited to look like one, leaving the context and questions out of the video. Documentary director Evgeny Afineevsky told reporters he interviewed the pope, but journalists found the video in question in material recorded by Mexican television network Televisa in 2019. Part of the material was left out of the television broadcast.
The statement says that, in fact, the pope referred to the right of homosexuals to be accepted by their families as children and brothers. According to the note, the documentary cut comments in which the pope expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage and made it clear that he was referring to civil union laws, which some countries have legalized to regulate benefits such as access to health.
The Church teaches that “homosexual tendencies” are not sin, but “homosexual acts” are and that gays should be treated with respect.