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Diocese of Lafayette releases statement on Pope Francis' recent comments on civil unions

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 18:55:51-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Diocese of Lafayette has released a statement from Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel on the recent comments made by Pope Francis on civil unions in a documentary film.

Francis appeared to endorse gay civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for a feature-length documentary that made its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

The statement from Deshotel reads:

Media reports have been surfacing following the release of a documentary film, “Francesco”, in which the Holy Father seemingly offered an opinion supporting civil rights of those persons in same sex civil unions. Such an opinion offered within the context of a movie, even if offered by the successor of St. Peter, can in no way be considered official magisterial teaching. While we wait for an official transcript of the Pope’s remarks, which can be taken out of context, I wish to reassure the faithful that the Holy Father’s statement does not change any doctrines of the Church which are drawn from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and are deserving of dignity and respect. Marriage is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in which one man and one woman are united in an indissoluble bond open to the procreation and education of children. All Christians are called to chastity according to their station in life. Sexual activity outside of the marriage between one man and one woman is gravely immoral. A summary of the official church teaching on the issue of same sex attraction and homosexual acts can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 2357-2359.

You can read more about the comments Francis made here.

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