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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Strong denials that Pope backed homosexual civil partnerships

Miguel Woites, director of the Catholic Information Agency Argentina (AICA), today told ACI Prensa that the Pope Francisc, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, never pushed for homosexual unions.

Woites, working in direct contact with the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the Apostolic Nunciature challenged the journalist Sergio Rubin, author of Cardinal Bergoglio interview "On the heaven and the earth " which is the internationally designated sole source for the claim that the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires would have supported gay unions as a possible compromise with politicians.

In an article entitled "A reform-minded Pope who wants to reach out to people," published on March 14 in the newspaper Clarin, a day after the election of Pope Francisc, Rubin wrote that "when the project began for the struggle for homosexual marriage in the country, Bergoglio proposed to all bishops a moderate style. perhaps leaving open the middle way of de facto unions".

Days later, Rubin told the Associated Press that when Cardinal Bergoglio was faced with the possibility of legalizing marriage between same sex couples, he would have suggested that the Church supported civil unions in Argentina, a position that was rejected by the bishops according to the journalist.

In this regard AICA director said that what Rubin now says about the Pope is "not true, it is a total mistake."

"He never said who said it, when he said it. It is not correct to write something like air. The article was criticized by bishops. Surely be referred to cohabitation unions (heterosexual) but not to legalization or anything."

Woites finally stressed that what was said by Rubin in his article "is an incorrect statement."

On July 8, 2010, in a letter to the Carmelite Sisters of Buenos Aires during the discussion of same-sex marriages, the then Cardinal Francisco Bergoglio and now Pope wrote: "do not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle but pretense destructive of God's plan. It is not about a mere bill (this is only the instrument) but a move by the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God. "

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