Pope Francis' First Marriage Comments Don't Include 'Man And Women' Specifics

Pope Francis has made his first comments on marriage in an audience with equality opponent Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The duo discussed the foundational family of society, among other topics, but it's what wasn't said that might leave you surprised. 

The AP reports:

In his remarks to Welby, Francis said he hoped they could collaborate in promoting the sacredness of life "and the stability of families founded on marriage." He noted that Welby had recently spoken out on the issue, a reference to his House of Lords testimony.

Significantly, though, Francis didn't say that marriage should be based on a union between a man and woman, which is how Benedict XVI and John Paul II routinely defined marriage.

Vatican officials said it was a diplomatic attempt to make his point without making a provocative pronouncement. Francis has steered clear of the gay marriage debate as it has recently roiled France and Britain, and in general has refrained from making headline-grabbing comments on hot-button current events.




tigtog: there is a link further down the page to Interim suarmmy of responses which has Y/N numbers, but I'm not sure if it is being live-updated.I filled in the survey, but I too hope the raw totals are not used by the parliamentarians. Rights should not be a matter of popular vote. If they were, then women and minorities would not have the rights they have now, because the anti-rights, pro-tradition forces will always outnumber those seeking change at the ballot box.A referendum would risk blowing up into a Prop 8 style mess that could set back equality by decades when the antis combine with the disinterested if it ain't broke crowd to defeat it (c.f the republic referendum). The slow grind of the courts and parliamentary hearing rooms is preferable shoot down the anti arguments one by one until they are left standing with nothing but pure bigotry. Then when there are no valid reasons left, there's no reason to delay any longer.

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