On March 5, 2014, Pope Francis sat for an interview with Corriere della Sera, one of Italy’s major newspapers. Once again, it was an interview that proved highly newsworthy for two reasons.
First, where gay couples are concerned, the Pope endorsed the possibility of civil unions. He recognized that such relationships may be necessary in order to meet the secular needs of gay couples (for example, the need for healthcare). This development is newsworthy because it is the first time a Pope has publicly expressed support for even this limited form of accommodation.
Much is entailed by this sort of concession which the Pope leaves unspoken. One must ask: How are Catholics to interpret the Catholic Catechism’s denunciation of same-sex attraction as an intrinsic disorder that must in all cases be resisted? Has Pope Francis, implicitly at least, opened the door to a more nuanced and scientifically valid approach to the question of sexual attraction and commitment? It would seem that he has.
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