Cautions on Pope Francis and recognition of gay unions

National Catholic Reporter
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March 22, 2013
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As the world comes to know more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the man who is now Pope Francis, new details about his background in Argentina are emerging. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that ahead of a fractious debate in his country over gay marriage, then-Cardinal Bergoglio floated civil recognition of same-sex unions as a possible compromise.

Pope Francis, while still Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, first advocated for civil unions as a compromise, and when that failed, called marriage equality a "machination of the Father of Lies." What he will do as pope remains to be seen.