CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 08:28 am
Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, director of the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, said on Wednesday evening that an expression of support for same-sex civil unions from Pope Francis is "nothing new" and does not signify a change of Catholic doctrine. But the priest's remarks have raised some question about the origin of comments from Pope Francis on civil unions, which were featured in the newly-released documentary "Francesco."
In a video released by Tv2000, a media apostolate of the Italian bishops' conference, Spadaro said that "the director of the film 'Francesco' compiles a series of interviews that have been conducted with Pope Francis over time, giving a great summary of his pontificate and the value of his travels."
"Among other things, there are various passages taken from an interview with Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican journalist, and within that interview Pope Francis speaks of a right to the legal protection of homosexual couples but without in any way affecting doctrine," Spadaro said.
Tv2000 is not affiliated with the Vatican, and Spadaro is not a Vatican spokesman.