ROME (CBS SF/AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. The film, which features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination. “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “You can’t kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.” San Jose State University Professor Bob Rucker, who is openly gay and a devout Catholic, was married to his partner in 2014 and called Wednesday’s revelation a “bombshell.“ “The Pope has sent a shockwave out saying ‘Listen, we need to evolve,’” said Rucker. “The Pope knows that the long tradition of centuries… Read full this story
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