BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marking a major shift in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis voiced his support of same-sex civil unions in a recent documentary. While the statement angered more conservative Catholics, some find it encouraging.

“We have never heard anything so positive from a pope about lesbian and gay relationships,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry.

Francis DeBernado advocates for justice and equality for LGBTQ Catholics.

“I think when the pope speaks, he doesn’t give orders as much as sets the tone for other church leaders. So that means that LGBTQ, lesbian and gay couples with families and parishes are going to be so much more comfortable and accepted into parish of life,” DeBernardo said.

People like Malinda Anders, who is a married to a woman and has three children.

“It means the world to me, because I am a Catholic, and it’s got such a negative connotation in the LGBTQ community,” she said.

DeBernardo believes the comments could also affect things like adoption by a same-sex couple, and those who lost jobs within the church, to being married to someone of the same sex.

“His comments doesn’t just reflect attitudes about lesbian and gay people, it reflects a pope who wants everyone to feel welcome in the Catholic Church,” DeBernardo said.

DeBernardo said he feels this shift could help bring younger parishioners to the church who may have believed their stances on issues like gay marriage were dated.

Sean Streicher

Comments (9)
  1. Slinky says:

    Satan just loves when his little ninnies go to church.

  2. Sheila says:

    Where is my reply

  3. Sheila says:

    “Where is my reply” is not a comment. No point in printing it since what it refers to is not there. Is some naive teenager monitoring your comment section? Or does the truth hurt?

  4. Sheila says:

    Just sent another reply that you have chosen not to print. Are you believers in free speech no longer advocating that principle?

  5. Sheila says:

    OK I give in. I LOVE BIG BROTHER!!!

  6. Sheila says:

    No, actually you people love Big Brother.

  7. dtl0813 says:

    He said they are all God’s children and deserve a family-Priests not so much.

  8. Edgar says:

    Francis has walked back his original support for civil marriages among gays. Something about him remembering Argentina dealing with the concept when he was a bishop there and in no way pertains to these times. What now? Will all those people who immediately returned to the Church tearfully leave again? Shucks!

  9. Figaro says:

    When the alphabet people marry fellow alphabet people are they obliged to obey marriage rules like faithfulness to ones partner? Are they guilty of adultery if they stray? Is it a sIn? It’s all very confusing.

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