A picture trending on social media reveals that the Pope was mistranslated
In a new documentary “Francesco” by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky that was released on Wednesday on 21/10/20, Pope Francis is heard to have said:
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,”
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that”. Some have commented that the Pope appeared to be referring to when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and he opposed legislation to approve same-sex marriages but supported some kind of legal protection for the rights of gay couples. For others too, this is one clear move by the Church or the Pope to validate LGBTQ. Many other Catholics have shown their displeasure to this.
But did the Pope really say that? Many Catholics and non-Catholics are patiently and ‘eagerly’ waiting to clearly hear what the pope actually said. Meanwhile, some Catholics are of the view that the Pope could be mistranslated. Videos circulating on social media suggest that the pope was misquoted and mistranslated. According to one of the videos, the Pope actually used the word “Convivencia civil” which translates as “civil coexistence’ in English and not civil union as everyone thought.
Video of Fr. Augustino explaining what Pope Francis said.
Earlier this morning, a concerned catholic priest released a message on WhatsApp to calm the ‘blazing’ Catholics. A part of what He said is below
I can understand desperate ears and curios minds that want to hear the Pope or church saying LGBTQ is legit by the catholic Church, but sorry this is not and will not be a statement of changing the goal post. This means that we only have to find a way of understanding what the Pope said in the light of the Catholic deposit of faith and not in the light of what we hope to be hearing. The Catholic Church teaches that “basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (cf.”Chastity and homosexuality”, CCC 2357-2359 – Article 6: The sixth commandment).
Christianity frowns on practices like polygamy and yet people in polygamy enjoy certain rights given them by the civil law (of some countries). Their being protected by law does not confirm that their marriage is acceptable within the Christian community or teaching. In the light of the Church’s teachings, I want to believe this is what the pontiff may be referring to. But what I am clear and convinced about is that the pontiff does not intend to give a new teaching, because there are clear ways he would have employed. So, until then let’s wait to hear more and clearer explanations on the pontiff”s words, rather than judge or insinuate his intentions. I would rather err on the side of caution than make a rush judgement in this case. I submit, there is no new teaching in the Catholic Church on Homosexuality, and all well-meaning Catholics must stay put. Don’t be moved by headlines and propaganda.
So as the general public is curious to know what the Pope said, for now and according to the latest information at hand, the Pope was mistranslated. However, let us still wait patiently as the truth of the matter unravels gradually.
Stay tuned to authentic updates on the Pope “saga”