On Wednesday, March 5th, Pope Francis is leaving the door open for same-sex unions. According to USA Today, the statement came up in an interview with Corriere della Sera, translated by the Catholic News Service, when Francis viewed unions as a practical way to protect property rights and access health care.
This is the latest to be read on Pope Francis, who famously declared a cessation of hostilities in the culture wars on same-sex marriage, contraception, and abortion. A lot of these ideals the pope is declaring against are views that defined the Catholic Church in the past. In general, the church utilizes the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible, especially for enforcing of views. For example, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is constantly used against homosexuality. Another example would be the story of Onan as it pertains to contraception. Because of this, it is very unique, or at least “modern”, for Pope Francis to be doing what he’s been doing over the past year. He even admitted the stigma behind the Catholic Church and pedophilia and has been the forefront runner rooting out the sexual abuse of children in it as reported by The Inquisitr. In the past, such stories about the church would be denied or swept under the rug.
Continuing on with the interview in the Corriere della Sera, the pope did not abandon the beliefs of his faith. He also expressed what matrimony means to him and that civil unions are for economic regulation through the following:
Matrimony is between a man and a woman,” he said. But he added that efforts to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects.
By saying this, however, the news service states that Pope Francis is the first to “indicate tentative acceptance of civil unions.”
Another major part of the interview was when Francis expressed his distaste of the iconoclasm the position of pope has given him. As stated at the end of the article by Raw Story, Francis looked back over his first year. He said if there is one thing he could change, it would be to tone down the mythical status he acquired by stating:
“I don’t like… the Pope Francis mythology. Painting the pope as a sort of superman, a sort of star, seems offensive.”
“The pope is a man who laughs, who cries, who sleeps soundly and has friends like everyone else. A normal person.”