CNA Staff, Dec 11, 2020 / 16:01 pm
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City has said he agrees with Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex civil unions, made public in a recently released documentary.
The cardinal expressed his support for the pope’s comment in an interview with Reuters published Friday.
The pope’s comments were published Oct. 21 in the documentary “Francesco,” in which Francis was seen to call for civil unions legislation to protect same-sex coupes from unjust discrimination. The pope’s previously unpublished remarks were later found to have been made during a 2019 interview conducted by Mexican television network Televisa and cut from the interview before broadcast.
In the documentary Pope Francis said “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
“I completely agree,” Cardinal Aguiar told David Alire Garcia of Reuters Dec. 11.
Of the prospect that children identifying as gay might be excluded from their families, Cardinal Aguiar said: “That can’t be. It just can’t be.”
He added that “If they decide as a matter of free choice to be with another person, to be in a union, that’s freedom,” but did not elaborate on that comment in the published text.