Pretoria, 25 October, 2020 / 9:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The statement by Pope Francis that has made global headlines and triggered a series of controversies is not a departure from the meaning of Catholic Christian Marriage as has been consistently held over the centuries, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.
In the Friday, October 23 statement, SACBC members make reference to “Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis in which he is featured talking about pastoral care for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” Pope Francis is seen saying in the documentary that was released October 21 at the Rome Film Festival.
In the documentary, the Pontiff explains, “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
“A recently published statement by Pope Francis appearing to call for the passage of Civil Union Laws for same sex couples does not represent a departing from the traditional Catholic position regarding Christian Marriage,” SACBC members say in the statement signed by their spokesperson, Archbishop William Matthew Slattery.