Three dishearting news reports on Francis, the Protean Pope

On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope

BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room.

Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil.

But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who led the public charge against the measure, spoke out in a heated meeting of bishops in 2010 and advocated a highly unorthodox solution: that the church in Argentina support the idea of civil unions for gay couples.

The concession inflamed the gathering — and offers a telling insight into the leadership style he may now bring to the papacy.

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Though Benedict publicly condemned legal recognition of unmarried heterosexual couples, much less gay couples, there was often an expectation of some discretion in putting his positions into practice.

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The only controversy in Rome may come from the fact that Biden and House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both Catholics who have defended access to abortion, took Communion. Conservative Catholics have condemned that in the past.–politics.html


Pope Francis ‘Kissed Me!’ Says Argentina’s Kirchner

Kirchner suggested Monday that the new pope involve himself in Falkland Islands dispute

By Steven Nelson

March 18, 2013 Pope Francis meets Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Vatican City, March 18, 2013.

Pope Francis took a step toward smoothing over a turbulent relationship with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Monday, with the feisty Latin American leader boasting of a kiss by the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.

“Never in my life has a pope kissed me!” she said after becoming the first foreign head of state to meet with the new pontiff.

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