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New York Cardinal: ‘The Pope doesn’t support civil unions’

By Sam Rigby


Cardinal Timothy Dolan has clarified comments made by Pope Francis regarding civil unions.

The head of New York’s Catholic Church claimed that the Pope is not a supporter of civil partnerships during an appearance on NBC News.

The Pope hinted that he may be accepting of civil unions as some are necessary for economic reasons.

Cardinal Dolan said: “He didn’t come right out and say he was for them.

“Once again in an extraordinarily sincere, open, nuanced way, he said, ‘I know that some people and some states have chosen this. We need to think about that and look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.'”

He added: “Rather than quickly condemn them, let’s just ask the questions as to why that is appealing to certain people.”

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