The declaration of the bishops of Kerala. "The Pope has taught in the past that LGBT people are children of God and deserve special care and love." "The official position of the Pope is in complete accordance with the doctrine of the apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" issued in 2016".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The news that the Pope approved same-sex marriage in Evgeny Afineevsky's documentary Francesco is provoking widespread reactions throughout Asia.
Alongside charges that the Pope’s words were manipulated in the final editing of the video, there are also those who warn that " There is no change in the Catholic Church’s stand on family relations and homosexuality. The news that Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex marriage in Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary titled Francesco is baseless and misleading,” KCBC said in a statement.
KCBC spokesperson Bishop Jacob Palakkappalli said the Catholic Church has not changed its stand on family life and homosexuality.
“The Church does not make exhortations about marriage and family life through documentaries. The Pope had taught in the past also that those in the LGBT category are children of God and they deserve special care and love. The Church had adopted a similar stand in 1975, when the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the document Persona humana (Human Person) dealing with sexual ethics...The Church is of the stand that same-sex inclinations should be differentiated from same-sex acts.”
The Catholic Church does not see the living together of same-sex lovers as marriage, which is recognised by some countries as a civil union, Pamplany said
“Pastoral services for people living in same-sex relationships are a subject of serious discussion by the Church. The Pope’s official stand is as per the ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Doctrine released by the Catholic Church after the Synod on family. There has been no change in the Pope’s stand on this issue.”