Pope Francis affirmed that only one kind of family is legitimate in God’s eyes, the kind headed by a married man and woman.
“It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family,” but “the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the only one,” Francis said Saturday, in unscripted comments at the Vatican to the Forum of the Family, an Italian lay movement representing Catholic families.
While he has never disavowed the official teaching of the Church, the current pope has taken a more conciliatory tack toward the issue during his pontificate thus far, perhaps most famously in July 2013 when he told reporters “Who am I to judge?” when asked about the gay lobby, a comment some saw as a profound shift in tone from his predecessor, Pope Benedict.
The pope also lauded spouses who remain with unfaithful partners, expressing hope that they stop cheating and not pursue divorce.
“Many women — but even men sometimes do it [with wives] — wait in silence, looking the other way, waiting for their husband to become faithful again,” he said.
Liberal Catholic groups were quick to state their displeasure.
“Pope Francis is wrong,” said Out at St. Paul, a New York City-based Catholic ministry to LGBT individuals, on their Facebook page Saturday alongside a portion of Scripture from Matthew 12 where Jesus says “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'”
Francis’ latest words follow weeks of confusion after he reportedly told a man that God made him gay, a comment the Vatican has neither confirmed nor denied. Francis also recently warned against admitting gays to Catholic seminaries.
“If in doubt, better not let them enter,” Francis said.
When he was the bishop of Argentina, Francis publicly opposed his government’s support of same-sex marriage. Since becoming pope, he has commented on these issues, though not as often.
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Source: Christian Post