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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Oct 21, 2020
Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.
Once again Pope Francis is spreading confusion among the faithful. How many times must this happen before all good Catholics recognize that we have a serious problem in the Church, and its name is Francis?
“What we have to create is a civil-union law,” the Pope told an interviewer in a newly released video. The topic was same-sex marriage, and the Pontiff dutifully affirmed the Church’s clear teaching that marriage must involve a man and a woman. But then he undermined that teaching, encouraging people in the mistaken belief that the Church will eventually take another step to accommodate same-sex marriage.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” the Pope said, explaining his novel stand. Yes, but they do not have the right to redefine the family—which has always been the goal of the gay-rights movement. …