Pope Francis says homosexuals deserve legal protections for the families they make:
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family,” the pope said in an interview in the documentary Francesco, which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered” [Sylvia Poggioli, Tom Gjelten, and Alex Leff, “Pope Francis Calls for Same-Sex Union Law in New Documentary,” NPR, 2020.10.21].
America: The Jesuit Review checks the comment and the record and finds the Pope Francis’s comment was translated accurately and represents a shift from the Vatican’s past public comment on civil unions for homosexuals.