Pope's civil-union remark came from heavily-edited 2019 interview (AP) Broadcast in the new documentary Francesco, the Pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil union legislation came from an unaired portion of a 2019 interview with the Mexican television broadcaster Televisa. “The Vatican, which had the full interview in its archives, apparently allowed the comments to be aired now,” the Associated Press reported. CNA reported that the comment was heavily edited; in the 2019 interview, the Pope also said, “What I said is that they ‘have a right to a family.’ And that doesn’t mean to approve of homosexual acts, not at all.”
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople meets with Pope (Rome Reports) Born in 1940, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed in 1991 as Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch; he holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches. He participated in an interfaith peace gathering on October 20 and met with Pope Francis for 50 minutes on October 22.
San Francisco archbishop issues statement on role of civil unions (Archdiocese of San Francisco) Following the Pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil union legislation, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone recounted a conversation with the Pope in January. “The Holy Father clearly differentiated between a civil arrangement which accords mutual benefits to two people, and marriage,” he said. “The former, he said, can in no way be equated to marriage, which
remains unique. I would add that a civil union of this type (one which is not equated to marriage) should be as inclusive as possible, and not be restricted to two people of the same sex in a presumed sexual relationship. There is no reason, for example, why a brother and a sister, both of whom are unmarried and support each other, should not have access to these kinds of benefits.”
Nicaraguan government expels Colombian priest (Fides) As the government of Daniel Ortega began to enforce its “law on the regulation of foreign agents,” Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of Matagalpa called on officials to “respect the will of the people” and called on the government and opposition alike to respect the family, human freedom, human dignity, and social justice, particularly respect for human life.
Australian police not investigating Vatican fund transfers (AP) Australian police officials have indicated that they are not pursuing an investigation into the transfer of funds from the Vatican during the trial of Cardinal George Pell. Police in the state of Victoria, where the cardinal was tried, say that found no evidence of wrongdoing in the money transfers.
Pope Francis endorses civil-union legislation (CNA) Pope Francis has called for legislation to recognize same-sex unions, in a new documentary film. “What we have to create is a civil-union law. That way they are legally covered,” the Pope said. The Pope’s statement contrasts with those of his predecessors; both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had opposed the legal recognition of civil unions.
Bishops blast government leaders in DR Congo (Fides) The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the “revolting indifference” of the government regarding the “indescribable misery” of the people, suffering from poverty, the Covid epidemic, and armed conflict involving foreign forces. The bishops charged that the ruling coalition has devoted all its energies to maintaining its own position in power rather than serving the nation.