MEXICO CITY — (12-11-20) — The Mexican Catholic Church’s top-ranking bishop made news Friday announcing he agrees with Pope Francis’ support for same-sex civil unions. Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, archbishop of Mexico City, told Reuters that he supports the pope’s comments from a documentary entitled “Francesco” (2020), that first aired in October.
The “Francesco” (2020) documentary showed footage from a previously unpublished interview with the pontiff from Mexican broadcaster Televisa.
In the “Francesco” documentary, the pope said, “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family, they are children of god” and “what we have to have is a civil union law, that way they are legally covered.”
“I completely agree,” said Cardinal Aguiar, a long-time ally of Pope Francis. That can’t be. It just can’t be,” said Aguiar, agreeing with Francis’ sentiment that same-sex couples have a right to family. If they decide as a matter of free choice to be with another person, to be in a union, that’s freedom.” said Aguiar.
The Vatican’s conservative wing immediately issued remarks after Pope Francis’ comments from the interview went viral, noting the pontiff’s position on the matter did not change church doctrine on homosexuality or support for same-sex marriage.
While Cardinal Aguiar may agree with Pope Francis on same-sex civil unions, and may disagree with parents who reject their LGBTQ children, he has made a reputation for himself to be against making same-sex marriage.
Mexico is home of to the second largest Catholic population after Brazil in the world, with nearly 80 percent of its almost 130 million citizens affiliated with the church.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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