EDITOR’S NOTE: Hellleniscope respects everybody’s sexual preferences and idiosyncrasies in their own personal private sphere. We have shown our respect by promoting the achievements of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, and sexual preference. But when it comes to the public domain and the principles our social institutions adopt, we are opposed to ANY ideas which are contrary to the religious teachings of Christianity – which at the same time happen to be absolutely contrary to the basic necessities and norms of society itself: societies cannot reproduce and regenerate themselves on the basis of homosexuality.
We respect anyone’s homosexuality and as a Church, we should have our doors always open to all. But we do not celebrate homosexuality and we do not advance it where it does not belong: at the center of the social reproduction processes. Have we totally lost our collective minds? Ancient Greeks practiced homosexuality – and they did it rather openly. Where to start? From the original lesbian poet Sappho to Sparta to ancient Athenian philosophers and their student “companions”/lovers… But they never put it at the level of marriage and reproduction… With the arrival of Christianity, this distinction became even clearer and stayed for two thousand years at the center of our religious teachings…
Yes, we noted that Pope Francis is talking about “civil unions”, but the fact that he doesn’t condemn adopting and raising children by gay couples betrays his true intentions: to eventually make these “civil unions” equivalent to marriages blessed by Church…. Absolutely unacceptable…
QUESTION: IS THIS THE DIRECTION WHERE BARTHOLOMEW AND ELPIDOPHOROS WANT TO TAKE OUR CHURCH – ESPECIALLY IN VIEW OF THEIR EFFORT TO UNITE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? THEY OWE AN EXPLANATION TO THE FAITHFUL…
Pope Francis says same-sex unions need to be legally protected in a stunning departure from the Vatican on the issue.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome Wednesday.
“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” he added.
According to the Catholic News Agency, the remarks came as the documentary, “Francesco,” touched on how the church should care for LGBTQ people.
Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky (known for 2015′s “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”), the film chronicles the work of the Holy Father throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and his thoughts on women’s rights, sexual abuse in the church, racism, the refugee crisis and the LGBTQ community.
Or, in the words of the pope, those who live “on the existential peripheries.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Francesco” features interviews with Francis, his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, collaborators of the pope, as well as activists who have fought against some of the Vatican’s positions in recent years.
The premiere of the film comes as the 83-year-old pontiff makes international headlines for refusing to wear a mask during an indoor service, violating Vatican regulations to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
“Francesco” premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival.