38 Of The Best Reactions To Pope Francis Endorsing Same-Sex Civil Unions

There might be large changes in the Catholic Church in the future. Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to express support for same-sex civil unions. He commented about this in an interview in a documentary film called ‘Francesco’ which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday, October 21.

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They 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,” said Pope Francis, causing very powerful reactions all over the world.

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Bored Panda has collected some of the best reactions to the pontiff’s announcement for you to look through, dear Pandas, so scroll on down, upvote your faves, and share your thoughts with everyone in the comments. Bored Panda reached out to Andreas Harsono from the Human Rights Watch to hear his take on the pope’s comment. Read on for Harsono’s insights about the effects of the pontiff’s comment, how the Vatican might react, and what the effect on the Catholic world could be.


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Harsono from the Human Rights Watch explained that he’s based in Jakarta, in Indonesia, where Pope Francis’ comment may be met with some confusion.

“It is the largest predominantly Muslim country in the world. Indonesia is also seeing the rise of Islamism, discriminating LGBT individuals from transgender women who run hair salons to gay police and military officers. The Pope statement will puzzle many Muslim clerics in Indonesia. The progressive clerics will indeed welcome the Pope position that LGBT individuals have the rights to love and be loved. The conservative clerics will oppose it, widening the gap between what they considered to be Christianity and Islamism.”


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According to the human rights activist, the Roman Catholic church is an old and large religious insititution, so there shouldn’t be any surprise if there’s infighting within the orders and the bishops. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Vatican puts out a clarification about the pope’s comment in the documentary. However, Harsono remains optimistic.

“His comment will bring changes throughout the Catholic world. Perhaps, some areas will have slower change than the others. In countries with gay marriages, the pontiff’s statement will proceed faster. I hope Indonesia, which has a small but economically strong Catholic communities, will proceed faster, at least, among Christians.”


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The film ‘Francesco’ is directed by Evgeny Afineevsky and documents Pope Francis’ story over the last 7.5 years. The film covers issues that the current pontiff finds the most important, such as poverty, inequality, migration, and the environment.

According to The Guardian, as pope, Francis had never previously publicly backed civil unions for same-sex couples. The words “as pope” being key here. However, he has previously endorsed such legal arrangements when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires.


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However, before some of you Pandas start celebrating, you might want to temper your expectations a bit. Fundamental religious changes take decades (if not hundreds of years) to take root. And keep in mind that civil unions might be similar to marriage, but they’re not exactly the same.

While some people are ecstatic about the church modernizing and some powerful public figures have seen the pope’s comments as positive, other members of the faith aren’t thrilled by the news. Changing thousands of years of belief will take more than a single comment.

In the US, LGBTQ Catholics welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions. Meanwhile, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the first conservative Catholic leaders to publicly criticize the pontiff’s comment, writes AP.


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Someone better tell Amy Coney Barrett, she may need a new religion.

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