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By Fr. Gerald E. Murray,  The Catholic Thing, Sept. 22, 2021

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.


Fr. Gerald E. MurrayIn the course of the in-flight press conference after his Apostolic Journey to Hungary and Slovakia, Pope Francis was asked: “[Y]esterday arrived news of a resolution in the European Parliament which invites the member states to recognize same-sex marriages and related parenting relationships. Holy Father, what are your thoughts on this?”  The pope responded by defending marriage as a sacrament: “I have spoken clearly about this: marriage is a sacrament, marriage is a sacrament. And the Church does not have the power to change the sacraments. They are thus, as the Lord has instituted [for] us.” But he also endorsed civil unions for homosexuals. …

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