The cardinal expressed his support for the pope’s comment in an interview published Friday.
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Three men who are striving to live out the Church’s authentic teachings on sexuality explain why the controversy is so damaging for them.
COMMENTARY: The Vatican’s communications apparatus does grave disservice to Pope Francis and the Catholic faithful for not clarifying his comments.
During a discussion on the pope’s opposition to a same-sex marriage proposal when he was an archbishop in Argentina, Alazraki asked Pope Francis if he had adopted more liberal positions after becoming pope, and if so, whether that was attributable to the Holy Spirit.
Mexican Broadcaster: Vatican Held Back Pope Francis’ Words on Same-Sex Civil Unions in 2019 Interview Footage
The interview in question was recorded with Vatican-owned cameras, and the network was given footage of the interview, but apparently not all footage, after the interview.
In an October 21 social media post, Fr. Torres said the original Spanish makes clear that the pope’s comments are not an endorsement of civil unions.
Pope Francis’ Homosexuality Comments Heavily Edited in Documentary, No Vatican Comment on Civil Unions
While filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky told journalists that Pope Francis made comments calling for the passage of civil union laws directly to him, the comments actually appear to come from a 2019 interview of Pope Francis conducted by Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki.
The film chronicles the approach of Pope Francis to pressing social issues, and to pastoral ministry among those who live, in the words of the pontiff, “on the existential peripheries.”