Whatever progressive beliefs Pope Francis may actually harbor, there is at least one area in which he remains committed to traditional values.
In a book published Wednesday in France, Politics and Society by Dominique Wolton, the pope makes it clear that the Church view of marriage has his full support.
“We cannot change it. This is the nature of things,” said the pontiff about traditional marriage. As for gay marriage, Francis says that it should be limited to the form of “civil unions.”
As noted by The Christian Post, the pope’s latest declaration about marriage serves as a reiteration, of sorts, of his view on the topic. Francis’ thoughts on homosexuality and Christianity raised eyebrows back in 2013 when he suggested to reporters that the two were not incompatible.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” the pope said at the time.
Francis later distanced himself from the comments, and some said the quote was taken out of context. In 2014, Francis publicly stated that marriage was indeed between a man and woman, saying that the “complementarity” of men and women “is at the root of marriage and family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our own and others’ gifts, and where we begin to acquire the arts of living together.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large