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Pope Francis' teaching on same-sex partnerships sets the Presbyterian Church an example it can learn from

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Thought provoking: Pope Francis made global headlines with his conciliatory remarks on same-sex relationships

Thought provoking: Pope Francis made global headlines with his conciliatory remarks on same-sex relationships

Thought provoking: Pope Francis made global headlines with his conciliatory remarks on same-sex relationships

In the middle of wall-to-wall coverage of Covid-19, Pope Francis has made his own headlines by firing a theological grenade into the religious controversy about same-sex partnerships. He has, once again, underlined his loving humanity, which should challenge many conservatives in all Churches to question their attitudes about this deeply sensitive issue.

The Pope's words, in a recent film documentary, are worth studying: "Homosexual people ... are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that."

This is vintage Pope Francis, who has often stirred the theological pot and made liberal remarks contradicting theology without actually changing it. The Catholic Church - like the Reformed Churches - teaches that marriage is a life-long union between one man and one woman.


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