I merely posted his exact quote.
This Pope is hardly my favorite and I’ve made no secret about that.
He doesn’t speak English and that’s already gotten him into trouble.
The secular American press are all too happy to make him into some kind of idiot liberal, open to changing the Church, which I’m sure he’s not.
Onyx, I read those words and saw nothing in them to even faintly hint at “support” for civil unions of same sex individuals. Francis is not stupid. The question he is asked is clearly hinting at the idea of same sex unions, otherwise there would be no mention of “up to what point,” as if to say, where would the Catholic church draw the line. Francis hedges his answer in the vague generality that civil unions can exist for many reasons, but are especially tied to economic considerations, and therefore (I interject my interpretation here) there is nothing wrong with civil unions in the abstract, which is logically true.
However, it is an unfortunate dodge of the real question, because it ignores the fact that here in the US, “civil union” can never be thought of as a legal abstraction. To us it has become short-hand for state-recognized same sex cohabitation. Look at all the responses on this thread. That’s what folks are hearing, even though its not what he,said. It is a classic cultural communication snafu, and it should be addressed and remediated as soon as possible.
Full disclisure: I am not Catholic nor do I agree with substantial components of Catholic teaching. But everyone deserves a fair hearing, including Francis.