US cardinals criticize Pope Francis endorsement of same-sex unions

Church leaders in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have issued statements against the pontiff’s remarks

By Peter Aitken | Fox News

Pope Francis backs same-sex unions (Photo credit: The Guardian)

Pope Francis’ controversial support for same-sex civil unions has found its fair share of critics in the United States.

During a papal interview in a documentary called “Francesco,” the pope speaks about a need for a “civil union law,” which he says creates a legal cover for such arrangements.

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” the pope reportedly said. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

The civil union law would cover same sex marriages legally, he said.

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