I disagree with you. Power of attorney does not cover all the legal aspects that are normally presumed to be only for married couples. My point was that the sexual behavior of the people in a civil partnership does not even have to be a factor.
This by the way is what the Pope said in the interview,
Q “Many nations have regulated civil unions. Is it a path that the Church can understand? But up to what point?”
Pope’s answer, “Marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular states want to justify civil unions to regulate different situations of cohabitation, pushed by the demand to regulate economic aspects between persons, such as ensuring health care. It is about pacts of cohabitating of various natures, of which I wouldnt know how to list the different ways. One needs to see the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”
Yes a carefully stated answer and fully understand what he meant by it. However, why did Pope Francis "let it hang out there" the 'evaluate them in their variety.' That part I don't understand. For what the Roman Catholic church stands for on morals is clear, no? Why would there be need to examine something which is clearly against church doctrine...unless one is considering to lower the bar a bit?
That is a pretty fine hair to split.
This pretty much assures that there will be a suit filed against a church soon that will lead to forced ceremonies preformed with same sex couples.
After all, the pope said that such civil unions were ok, so lets do it in a church!