Pope Francis appears to confirm in a book of interviews that he supports same-sex couples being legal as “civil unions,” but not calling them married.
The pope’s comment is in a 432-page book by Dominique Wolton, a French journalist, called “Politics and Society,” a book of interviews with the pope, according to LifeSite News.
“Let us call things by their names. Matrimony is between a man and a woman. This is the precise term. Let us call the same-sex union a ‘civil union,'” the pope said in the book.
“What can we think of marriage between people of the same sex? ‘Matrimony’ is a historical word. Always, in humanity, and not just in the church, it was a man and a woman … it’s not possible to change it. It is part of nature,” the pope added, according to excerpts in Aleteia.
The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexual marriage is