The Holy See pointed out that the Pope’s statements did not refer “to the doctrine of the Church.”
The Vatican clarified that the position of Pope Francis on civil unions for homosexual couples referred to “certain state provisions” and not to the “doctrine of the Church”, although it remains unclear why he handed over to the Mexican chain Televisa a manipulated interview that cut the pontiff’s statements that later appeared in the Russian documentary Evgeny Afineevsky.
“More than a year ago, during an interview, Pope Francis answered two different questions, at two different times, which in the aforementioned documentary were edited and published as a single answer without proper contextualization, which has generated much confusion” , said the Vatican Secretariat of State in an internal document, as revealed by the Pope’s biographer, Austen Ivereigh, on his Twitter account.
“It is evident that the Pope referred to certain state provisions, certainly not to the doctrine of the Church, reaffirmed numerous times over the years “, specified the Holy See.
In the documentary, Francisco had encouraged the civil union for homosexual couples, assuring that “they are children of God and have the right to be in the family”, which the world took as a historical change of the Catholic Church.
In the document presented this Monday, it is stated that the Holy Father had made “in the first place” a “pastoral reference about the need that, within the family, the son or daughter with a homosexual orientation should never be discriminated against.”
“A subsequent question was, instead, inherent in a local law from ten years ago in Argentina on equal marriages of same-sex couples and the opposition of the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires in this regard,” he added.
The letter states that what Francisco said is that it is “an incongruity to speak of homosexual marriage”, comments that were excluded by the Russian director in his documentary.
However, the Vatican press office did not respond until now about the reason why the pontiff’s comments regarding the guardianship of homosexuals pronounced during an interview with Televisa in 2019 they were censored at the time while they came to light in the documentary “Francesco” presented at the Rome Film Festival.
Despite insistent requests to clarify the matter, the Vatican’s communication department remains silent. In addition, according to a circular for the employees of the Vatican media leaked by the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, the communication apparatus of the Holy See imposed the order not to speak about what happened in the media because measures were being taken to face the media crisis.