Damian Thompson on Francis's "Explicit" Heresy: "Francis Explicitly Supports Civil Unions... Church Teaching Condemns them"
Lest there be any doubt, in 2003 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—then led by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who was appointed by John Paul II—declared:
The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions…. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself.
That is indeed the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church. And the
Pope is now on the record dissenting from that teaching, publicly and
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)