Francis Supports "Public Benefits For Gay Couples"
en.news It is “important to ensure gay couples have access to public benefits [privileges], but to insist that gay couples cannot marry,” Francis said during the January 27 Ad limina visit of thirty-three bishops of California, Nevada and Hawai.
San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone told CatholicNews.com that Francis chose himself to talk about the “pastoral care of homosexuals,” lamenting about alleged “sufferings many of them endure” even by their own families.
In 2003, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote an official document against the civil recognition of homosexuals which implies granting them benefits. He labelled this a “legalisation of evil” and called politicians to oppose such legislation.
In 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then-led by Cardinal Ratzinger, issued a document instructing bishops on the pastoral care of homosexual persons. Therein, the congregation admonished bishops to ensure they are “clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral.” The instruction adds, “But we wish to make it clear that departure from the Church's teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral. Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. The neglect of the Church's position prevents homosexual men and women from receiving the care they need and deserve.”
“[The vice of sodomy] leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind... It opens up Hell and closes the gates of Paradise.” St. Peter Damian