You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

West Liberty-Salem High School shooting victim is student, reports say

Did Pope Francis really say he's OK with same-sex unions?


While nations around the world, including the U.S., take a long look at their own policies on same-sex couples, here's a sign the Roman Catholic Church is open to changing its views — maybe. 

You might have seen various headlines like this, proclaiming Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are warming up to approving same-sex partnerships. (Via USA TodayCNNMSNBC)

In an interview with Italian publication Catholic News Service, Pope Francis said he wants to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care ... It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety."

>> Read more stories about same-sex marriage

During the interview, he reiterates the Catholic Church's view that marriage IS between man and woman, the news service calls it the first time a pope has even hinted at being okay with some form of gay partnership.

Though Pope Francis' progressive streak is well-documented, even specifically on the issue of gay rights. (Via The Huffington Post

On the topic of gay priests, Pope Francis said, "Who am I to judge?" last July. (Via The New York Times

Still, as early as January this year, a Vatican spokesperson denied that the pope was OK with same-sex civil unions. (Via National Catholic Reporter

>> Read more trending stories  

And a writer for Slate says people need to slow down on this story. Pope Francis ISN'T supporting gay rights and media outlets have it all wrong. 

Giving a few examples of what writer Tyler Lopez calls headlines that "couldn't be further from the truth," he says the pope's comments don't really apply to same-sex couples. "The pope’s words are calculated, precise and unforgiving. Same-sex families are not legitimate in the eyes of the Vatican. In the Catholic Church, gays — being humans — have inherent human rights. Gay rights, however, are not human rights." 

According to Pew Research, 19 nations allow gay marriage in some form. 



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

BREAKING: Student injured in West Liberty High School shooting
BREAKING: Student injured in West Liberty High School shooting

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a student was injured in the shooting.  The student’s condition is unknown at this time.  The law enforcement agency had declined to disclose the hospital where the student is being treated. Parents of West Liberty-Salem students are being asked to pick up their children at the...
Inauguration weather forecast: Dreary, rainy and cold
Inauguration weather forecast: Dreary, rainy and cold

>>Complete coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration  The National Park Service decided to make a change to its "no umbrella policy," WJLA reported. "Totes" style umbrellas that collapse will be allowed on the parade and the Mall, but "long, non-collapsible" umbrellas will be prohibited, the National Park...
Rescuers find 6 survivors in Italian hotel buried in snow
Rescuers find 6 survivors in Italian hotel buried in snow

Rescuers have found six people alive under snow at the site of the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy, CNN reported Friday. A spokesman for the local department told CNN the rescuers are in contact with the group but have yet to reach them. Up to 30 people are feared trapped in the Hotel Rigopiano, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain...
Report: ISIS destroys part of ancient Syrian amphitheater
Report: ISIS destroys part of ancient Syrian amphitheater

A Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra has been partially destroyed by ISIS fighters, the Syrian state news agency reported Friday. According to CNN, Syrian news agency SANA reported that "ISIS destroyed the facade of the Roman theater and the Tetrapylon in the ancient city of Palmyra."  Syrian state news also reported that...
Joke is on Florida comedian after Cowboys tattoo backfires
Joke is on Florida comedian after Cowboys tattoo backfires

The playoff loss by his beloved Dallas Cowboys is going to stay with a South Florida resident for some time. Permanently, actually. Jason Garnett, a 24-year-old stand-up comedian from Boynton Beach, was so sure the Cowboys were going to win the Super Bowl this season that last month, he put it down in ink — on his right biceps. "Super Bowl...
More Stories