Pope Francis’ accession to the papal state came with controversy. Although the controversy was not from him. His predecessor Pope Benedict XVI had resigned, and it was the first time the world witnessed a sitting pope denounce the papacy. In 1415, Gregory XII was the first pope who resigned on the job.
The movie, Two Popes, was one of the few documentations that explores the life of Pope Francis. One thing was clear about the pope, his different views from other popes and cardinals.
Pope Francis hated the lavish lifestyle that came with being a cardinal and pope. For his coronation, he opted to forego the usual papal regalia.
To much criticism, Pope Francis had always thought that the catholic doctrines were to strict, and should be flexible to accommodate the world we live in. He believes that if the doctrines and laws were written in the medieval age, then it can be re-written in the new age.
In a shock to end all shocks, Pope Francis said he supports the civil union law of same-sex couples in a new documentary that debuted in Rome on Wednesday. The documentary “Francesco,” which will premiere in the US on Sunday, reflects on Pope Francis’ life and ministry and role on social issues including LGBTQ rights.
The pope stated: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.” Pope Francis went on to say that same-sex couples should be “legally covered.”
The uproar has already broken out online. Will the Pope’s stance have any repercussion? Or perhaps, it will come to influence people’s view on same-sex marriage.