Pope Francis Once Supported Gay Civil Unions — As The “Lesser Of Two Evils”

pope-francisBefore he donned the holy vestments of the Papacy, thus becoming Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio advocated for civil unions for gay couples, albeit secretly and in an attempt to sidestep full marriage equality in Argentina.

Though he publicly led the charge against Argentina’s inevitable legalization of gay marriage, in a private meeting between bishops, the man who would be Pope suggested a compromise.

Bergoglio said the church should support civil unions as the “lesser of two evils,” his authorized biographer Sergio Rubin told The New York Times. “He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society.”

The bishops would have none of it, however, and overruled the Cardinal — the first and only time he lost a battle in his six-year tenure as head of Argentina’s bishops’ conference. Still, throughout the debate, Bergoglio continued the societal dialogue.

Marcelo Márquez, a gay rights leader and theologian, wrote to Cardinal Bergoglio, and to his surprise received a call from him less than an hour after it had arrived. “He listened to my views with a great deal of respect,” Márquez said. “He told me that homosexuals need to have recognized rights and that he supported civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.”

But don’t go throwing a gay papal parade in Francis I’s honor just because he said some not-horrible things off-the-record, since he has been on record for being pretty horrible.

“The reality, beyond what he may have said in private meetings, was that he said some terrible things in public,” said Esteban Paulón, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals. “He took a role, in public, that was determinedly combative.”

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    Ho man!! the fucking POPE, is a bloody Catholic! kill him.

  • TomMc

    “He told me that homosexuals need to have recognized rights and that he supported civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.”

    Good to have read that; it’s a far cry from Ratzinger’s “intrinsically disordered”.

  • Dionte

    I am grateful they opened my eyes and I no longer believe their fables for adults.
    If they had not showed me who they truly are, I may still have been brainwashed.

  • Gus

    There is nothing much to say about who becomes the spoke person of a group and the
    virulent tirades they can say and the people who will listen. He was one of the power
    houses to boycott Argentina’s laws regard equality but yet his followers think he is
    nice because he has a different approach of Benedict, is hard to think for a few that
    behind every organization there is not a marketing and PR movement in order to adapt
    and bring more followers. What this man is doing is not very different from his

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