Pope Francis makes a point during a general audience, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
Pope Francis appeared to have dispensed with one of his strongest arguments against gay marriage in favor of adoption by same-sex couples, when he was interviewed in a 2019 book by Cardinal George Pell. In the interview, published in October of last year, the pontiff pledged to seek measures to crack down on, and open up, the Church’s adoption practices to those in same-sex relationships. But a set of excerpts released by the Vatican on Monday showed that he had also ditched his most pressing concern about same-sex unions.
“We won’t cure those who practise same-sex unions,” Francis said. “There are the people who just want their second chance, but that is not a problem.”
A long-standing concern of Francis’ has been that when it comes to adoption, by LGBT people, the Church may be discriminating. Last year, in a speech at a conference on non-Catholic adoption practices sponsored by the Netherlands bishops’ conference, Francis declared, “Let me assure you that we will consider proposals to widen the adoption of children by same-sex couples.”
The full interview, Cardinal George Pell’s account of a conversation with Francis and featuring two other Vatican cardinals, was published last October. It also appears to have examined the controversial topic of abortion, although the passages released Monday did not discuss abortion specifically.